It was a strong run from Simone in the mares novice hurdle where she traveled and jumped so much better on good ground than she did last time on soft. She was denied a win just at the line and will be better again over further.
Jump For Dough, fourth, ran better than on his chase debut but the fences are still an effort for him at this stage and we may go back over hurdles next time. Hey Listen was never jumping well and this backwards run will have to be improved on.
Maraweh, fifth, looked to be coming back to himself and despite a big weight he stayed on to the line and should be very competitive next time.
Conversely Boys On Tour looked to not stay over the longer trip although he settled better, while Mighty Thunder had us standing in shock as he looked to be struggling to go the gallop. He is one of our better novices so it was almost a relief to find that he had lost a front shoe and in doing so over reached on his heel. He is much better than this.
Finally, Rubydoobs looked competitive to the final furlong where weakness hit in and she will be better in time.