A double at Newbury on Saturday maintained the fine form of Team Ditcheat and we have plenty more to look forward to in the weeks ahead now that the rain has finally come.
I was thrilled with the way Posh Trish jumped at Newbury in the Listed Mares Novice Hurdle as she turned the tables on Lust For Glory in style on more favourable terms than their first meeting on much quicker ground. I was confident she would do so on the easier going this time and she was always in command under a confident ride from Harry Cobden before sealing victory with a fluent jump at the final flight.
We have plenty of options for this classy mare who could race against her own sex again, maybe at Taunton, or take on the boys getting a useful weight allowance. She is learning all the time, stays well and is improving.
Kapcorse then ran out a decisive winner of the Sir Peter O’Sullevan Memorial Handicap Chase from stable companion Brelan D’As who should win a nice novice chase this season. Both wore the colours of JP McManus who was delighted to land the race named after his great friend.
Kapcorse was given a brilliant ride by Bryony Frost who also won on him at Bangor in April. He is a promising young horse who is getting the hang of things now with more experience over fences. His career is slowly building but we don’t have any firm plans for him at this stage as he wants minding.
Mont Des Avaloirs was another of ours to excel in finishing a close third, beaten less than a length by Global Citizen in the Listed Intermediate Hurdle. Given that he jumped well and stayed on strongly I’d say that was one of the best races of his life.
We will keep him to hurdles this winter and give him an entry in the Ascot Handicap Hurdle just before Xmas and will then crack on with him over fences next season.
Once the rain came at Newbury I feared that Black Corton might struggle under top weight in the softening ground and unfortunately that proved to be the case. He is not the biggest to be carrying the steadier of 11st 12lbs in such conditions and Bryony looked after him once it was clear he was struggling. He has been the most marvellous horse over the past eighteen months but it is not going to be easy to place from now on so we will take stock before making plans.
We will be busy at the weekend with a number of interesting runners. Topofthegame will be back over fences on Friday at Exeter where I also run Greaneteen. The same day I am looking forward to seeing how our French recruit My Way gets on in the Grade 2 Novice Hurdle at Sandown where Deniliquin also makes his debut for us in the juvenile hurdle. On Saturday I will have runners at Sandown, Chepstow and Aintree with Present Man and Warriors Tale both racing over the National fences.
For all the up to date news on my weekend runners please turn to my Betfair column which goes live late on Friday afternoon.