Days like today are the reason that we train racehorses. One For Arthur showed his brilliance over a long distance and with Derek guiding him he was produced three out to win decisively after a good leap at the last. He probably needs to go up eight pounds or so to get into the 2017 Aintree Grand National and if he does then that will be his next planned run.
In The Two Golf Widows Arthur has fabulous owners who have shown patience and sense to allow him to fill his frame and potential. They had a wonderful day at Warwick and as Colin remarked as we made our way to the parade ring before the race, it is days like these that are the reason that they got involved in racing. May there be many more. The joy of today's win can be seen in the photograph above.
The lorry with Arthur was back before midnight, and Jaimie and Mark will be ready to set off for Kelso tomorrow morning. Kelso needs to pass an inspection at 8am, but I believe that it is thawing tonight.
With rain forecast, the going will likely be on the soft side, which is not ideal for Katalystic. However, he needs the hurdling experience so will be taking his chance in a fairly hot looking hurdle race.
Also in a hot race is Marcus Antonius who takes a step up in class for some useful prizemoney. He won nicely last time but this will be much tougher.
Final Assault made a couple of jumping errors when we tried to ride him prominently last time, and we will revert to patient tactics tomorrow. He has been in good form at home this week and should be fine however heavy the ground goes.
Bescot Springs has struggled to lose his waistline but in the past few days he has trimmed up and he should give a good showing in the three mile hurdle. Alex takes off a handy ten pounds and Bescot has run well here in the past.
Finally, we are delighted to have Green Flag back on the track. A couple of issues have kept him off, and he is here after some excellent care by Eugenio our vet. He will improve for the race, and although he faces a couple of higher rated rivals, he still retains his enthusiasm at home.