The success of Threeunderthrufive in the Grade 2 Novice at Doncaster on Saturday took our score for the season to 83 at a healthy strike rate of 27%.
In completing a hat-trick over fences he is certainly on a roll at the moment. Adrian Heskin kept it simple on Threeunderthrufive who again jumped soundly, was in front four out and readily came clear to win by seven and a half lengths.
He is a smart horse, still improving and has earned a short break now after four races this season and could come back for the Reynoldstown at Ascot or a valuable new Novice Chase at Lingfield late in January.
Sonigino ran well to a point at Doncaster. He isn’t the easiest to place, was keen early on and should be winning on slower ground over a trip. I withdrew Magistrato from the juvenile hurdle at Doncaster because he wasn’t quite right on the day.
I was delighted with Gelino Bello who was second once more to Blazing Khal at Cheltenham in the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle. The winner looks seriously good and the future is bright for Gelino Bello.
Lalor was flat out on the limit the whole way in the Racing Post Gold Cup but was keeping on in the closing stages and now wants three miles. He will get entries at that trip round flat tracks with the Skybet Chase at Doncaster and the Close Brothers Chase at Kempton possible targets.
A day earlier it was disappointing to see Enrilo underperform at Cheltenham. I had him spot on for the Ladbroke Trophy at Newbury thirteen days earlier and he was going as well as anything there until he fell just over a mile from home.
I’d given him an easy time since but he was below par on Friday and obviously needs to be very fit and fresh. I blame myself for running him too soon after Newbury and am sure he will be a better horse in the spring when he can come into his own.
We will be sending a strong team to Ascot next weekend. On Friday Knappers Hill runs in the Kennel Gate Novice Hurdle, Pic D’Orhy goes in the Novice Chase, Thyme White is on course for the novice handicap Chase and Hugos New Horse and Henri The Second are both intended starters in the bumper.
Then on Saturday Samarrive is an interesting contender for the Betfair Exchange Hurdle while Real Steel or Grand Sancy could represent us in the Silver Cup.
For all the latest news on my Saturday runners please do check out my Betfair column which goes live late on Friday afternoon.