The horses continue to run well although we have hit a small run of second placings; not quite as exciting as wins but many satisfying performances from our team.
At Hexham we were enthusiastic about the chances of Misfits who was stepping up to four miles over fences. Despite being a little keen in the early stages he jumped with more fluency and, sent for home early, he went clear before agonisingly being caught on the line as his hooves turned to lead. A photo finish is a cruel way to lose the race after such a marathon trip but we are very proud of his efforts.
Earlier Arizona Bound and Katalystic had run super races to be second and third over three miles, both horses coping with the heavy going and jumping with more accuracy. Their turns will come again soon.
Emirat De Cantana showed more when relaxing after a hurdle or so then finishing his race well to be fourth. He should continue to progress.
Speak Of The Devil is a stayer for the future, and while strong and trying too hard to start with he jumoed really well and only faded as his early exuberance took its toll at the last, dropping back to fifth. In time three mile plus and fences will be his ideal conditions.
I am not sure that Lost Frequency has ideal conditions for racing, and he showed a lack of enthusiasm throughout his chase. I think that a change of career will be better for him and we will look for a new home for this young horse.
At Cheltenham Voix D'Eau ran well to finish midfield in the Brown Advisory Plate on ground that was too soft for him. This will line him up well for a shot at the Topham at Aintree next month.