Greaneteen’s stylish success was the high spot for Team Ditcheat at Ascot’s two day meeting where a number of our runners couldn’t handle the dire conditions under foot.
It’s frustrating the huge volume of rain we have had in recent weeks and I am hoping things will dry out a bit by Boxing Day because there is no doubt most of our horses prefer better ground.
Despite being keen the whole way at Ascot, Greaneteen jumped slickly and beat the Irish trained favourite Debuchet with something to spare in the Class 3 novice handicap Chase.
It was decent performance given that he has run only four times over hurdles and hadn’t schooled over fences on grass. I will make a plan for him in time and imagine he’ll run next in another novice handicap.
The ever reliable Black Corton ran another blunder in finishing fourth under top weight in the Silver Cup on Saturday. He has earned a little holiday now and will appreciate better ground when he returns in the spring.
My Way stayed on well to finish second in the Plymouth Gin Chase and will surely be winning over fences this season over a trip.
The mood in the yard is upbeat ahead of an exciting few days over the Christmas holiday. Around 45 horses, all these running over the next week to ten days, will be ridden out in just one lot early on Christmas morning with everyone heading home by nine o’clock. Half a dozen of us who live locally will also come in again to do the evening feed. Then we will be flat out over the following three days with the immediate focus very much on our twin assault on the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day with Cyrname and Clan Des Obeaux.
We will be having plenty of other runners at Kempton, Wincanton and elsewhere and for the up to date news on all our horses racing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday please be sure to turn to my Betfair column which goes live at 5 each evening.