It was great to see Scaramanga gain an overdue first success on the flat in a valuable Class 2 handicap over two miles and half a furlong at Newbury on Saturday.
He has struggled on soft ground in the past but showed notable improvement in the closing weeks of the jumps season with victories at Newbury and Sandown which saw his hurdles mark rise to 151.
So I felt Scaramanga was bound to be competitive back on the flat at Newbury on a mark of 86. The original plan was to go to take him to Royal Ascot until heavy rain put paid to that.
With my daughter Megan suspended at the weekend he was given a fine ride by Silvestre de Souza, who stepped in when Hayley Turner was caught up in heavy traffic on the way to Newbury.
Silvestre quickly had his mount in the perfect position just behind the leaders and made a decisive, race winning move when he seized the initiative just over two furlongs out.
Scaramanga was soon clear and kept on in determined fashion to hold the late challenge of Rodrigo Diaz by half a length.
This is a horse on a roll now and we could look next at the two mile, five furlong handicap at Goodwood if its not too soon, before an entry in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket.
Further ahead he could be interesting in the autumn in something like the Grade 2 three mile hurdle at Wetherby at the end of October if the ground is decent.
Our small band of summer jumpers has been in sparkling form with twenty one winners so far and if we can add another four by Chepstow’s first meeting early in October I will be delighted.
Most of our core team of jumpers are now back in training after their holidays and with around 130 horses in so far Team Ditcheat is buzzing. Roll on October .