A double at Ffos Las on Sunday maintained our sparkling recent form. Both winners were making their debuts for Team Ditcheat
It was good to see Estelle Ma Belle land the mares maiden hurdle in style because she had issues in the past before being sent to us by Jared Sullivan this season with a bunch of nice horses he transferred to us from Willie Mullins in Ireland.
She has had surgery on a splint and also a wind op. We’ve worked hard to get her right and I thought she’d run well though she is not yet the most fluent jumper. Lorcan Williams has been riding her at home which is why he partnered her on Sunday and he has done a good job on her jumping. We’ll see how Estelle Ma Belle comes out of the race before making a plan but she does need to be racing left handed.
Seelotmorebusiness completed the double on his first start in the second division of the bumper. He spent a period on the sidelines last winter after suffering a minor hairline fracture to a front leg and will come on bundles for this first experience on a racecourse.
A day earlier My Way gained an overdue first success with a comfortable all the way victory in a long distance maiden hurdle at Stratford. He looks tremendous at the moment, better than I’ve ever seen him, and is on course for a crack at the Badger Ales Trophy Chase at Wincanton.
I had high hopes of Pic D’Orhy on his chasing debut at Market Rasen but he was a bit novicey at some of his fences on his way to finishing a four length runner up to Le Patriote. There is lots to come from Pic D’Orhy and will now step up to two and a half miles . He is a case of “Rome was not built in a day “
On the flat Quel Destin relished the soft ground at Bath on Wednesday with a smooth victory in the staying handicap. I still can’t believe he was beaten in the same race a year ago off a mark of 66. He certainly put the record straight this time off a 2lbs higher mark with a cool ride from my daughter Megan.
Quel Destin, who had a wind op in the summer, is one to look forward to in novice chases this season. He is talented, tough and reliable.
With rain expected in the days ahead we will be sending some interesting runners to Cheltenham’s opening meeting on Friday and Saturday, and Truckers Lodge will be going to Kelso . Magic Saint will run in the Old Roan at Aintree on Sunday.
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