Mighty Thunder, pictured, has all that we love in our chasers; stamina, an easy jumping technique, and determination to win. He followed up his debut win with another perfect round of jumping under a confident ride from Blair. An intelligent horse who is now relaxed through his races, Mighty will now have to step up in class, but it is a deserved step. His stable companion Grand Morning pleased us as he became more confident with his jumping through the race and although he could not quite get past Mighty his strength in the finish was admirable.
Buddha Scheme may only be six, but his performance in the four miler was excellent, going down by half a length; with a little more time he should be a stayer to follow. In the same race poor Shanroe Street was bumped and blundered when going easily in the leading pack; it was a lost opportunity, but there are more races for him next month which he will be aimed for.
We were also delighted with Otello Moor in the novice hurdle; third over a distance short of optimal he jumped neatly throughout and looked much more grown up. Time is on his side and he is another who gives us great hope for the future.
As ever we are indebted to everyone in the Lucinda Russell Racing team at home and at the races who keep the well oiled machine running smoothly despite the rain and challenges that we face. Our owners, whether braving the conditions trackside, or watching at home, are investing time, money, and emotion in their horses and it is great to be able to reward them.
Finally, we were very touched by the message left on the news page on 11th November from Anthea Smyth, Max Appeal's owner and breeder. It was a pleasure to train for Anthea and the One Dream One Team group and especially when they had such a talented horse.