I was thrilled to see Pic D’Orhy bounce back to form at Ffos Las on Saturday after a frustrating first campaign as a chaser last winter.
I was looking forward to seeing him back over fences because we have done a lot of work on his jumping this autumn. All that schooling certainly paid off in the novice handicap named after the big priced Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Norton’s Coin who was trained in West Wales.
Pic D’Orhy, who carried top weight, was suited by the flat nature of the track and won tidily which will have done his confidence the world of good. He’s a smart horse, is a bit stronger this season and his breathing is fine after a wind op last December. Hopefully he can progress and fulfil his potential because everything about his physique has always suggested he would make a natural chaser.
On the same card Diego Du Charmil just needed the outing in the Welsh Champion Hurdle and is likely to return to fences next time at Ascot. Red Risk also ran very well at Market Rasen on his first start since surgery for an entrapped epiglottis.
With rain forecast this week we should be a bit busier next weekend with some interesting entries at Cheltenham’s two day meeting and also at Wincanton and Aintree on Sunday where Tamaroc Du Mathan could run in the Old Roan Chase.
Plans will very much depend on the ground after the recent dry spell. So for the latest news on all my weekend runners please be sure to check out my Betfair column which goes live late Friday and Saturday afternoon.