Wynn House scores back-to-back wins in the mares hurdle at Wincanton
We could have done without testing ground for the final Flat meeting at Doncaster and also on the Grand National course at Aintree, while rain on a quick surface made it greasy on top at Wincanton.
Alan suspected that the ground would be too soft for Senior Citizen in the Grand Sefton Chase and also felt that the easier going at Doncaster would be the downfall of Tritonic in the November Handicap.
However, we were hopeful of at least one crackerjack on Guy Fawkes night, and Wynn House did not let us down, winning the Richard Barber Memorial Stayers’ Hurdle for the second year running.
Tom Cannon said:”It took time for Wynn House to warm up, but the pace was not a strong one early and when the tempo increased she travelled that much better.
“I still thought turning into the straight I might get done for a turn of foot, but it is a long way home here and happily Wynn House’s stamina kicked in and got the job done.”
Alan, on duty at Wincanton, was similarly enthusiastic and confirmed that Wynn House would now go chasing.
He said:”I always felt last season that Wynn House was a few pounds better than her official rating, but, while we were always going to send her chasing, we were slow to get her on the schooling grounds in the autumn because of the firm ground at home.
“However, I did manage to school Wynn House over six fences the other morning, so we’ll now switch to the larger obstacles.”
There were no real excuses for Sceau Royal, who was trying to win the Grade 2 Elite Hurdle at Wincanton for a fourth time but found his trailblazing market-rival Knappers Hill too strong up the home straight.
Jay Bee Why did not seem to enjoy going chasing last season so was switched back to hurdles, He will remain over timber for the time being and reappears at Kempton on Monday, when our other runner is Lionello on the tapeta surface at Wolverhampton.