Mumgos Debut, pictured, was maybe a fortunate winner, but for a horse who has had his share of bad luck it was good to have a lucky day; his only other rival fell at the first to allow him to have a jump round for the prizemoney, and a rather nice Lord Mansefield silver trophy. The result was well received by his owners Peter and Suzy Brown who were in France visiting their vineyard; a day for a celebration.
The other horses ran well apart from the two who could not handle the heavy going. Hey Listen and Devito'sgoldengirl found it too much and were both pulled up, while Sky Khan struggled to stay the longer trip on it.
Spoils Of War seemed to enjoy himself with first-time cheekpieces and his second place was a return to his early novice race form. Forecasting his form is like looking up a horoscope; it could be anything, but he has plenty of ability if he will use it. However, as a positive, he enjoyed his race and his confidence is building with plenty of schooling at home ridden by Ailsa.
We had more seconds when Well Above Par gave a solid round of jumping in the novice handicap chase; we are rather excited by him as he should be decent over further as he matures.
Vertigo ran the most game race to be second on his debut and he is another who looks to have a good season ahead of him. In the same race, the novice Ceegem ran much better to be fourth and will be a nice chase prospect in time.
Simone was third on her hurdle debut and is another who will be better on good ground when her rapid hurdling will stand her in good stead.
Finally, we had two novices who ran with credit, Chasseur De Tete traveled sweetly until tiring, and Rossamilan showed more staying on over two miles.