Well Above Par overcame over a year off after a horizontal cannon stress fracture (very rare as most are fatal) and won this afternoon, eased down by Thomas Willmott. Jumping with enthusiasm this long striding six year old has lots of scope and has improved physically for his time off. He will continue on soft ground and should stay further in time. His owners, The Eagle Partnership deserve plenty of credit as they waited with no hesitation while Well Above took time to mend; they deserve all the success that they get, they are pictured in the winners enclosure; we are just missing Sandy, Ginny and Alex.
Misfits nearly made it a double but he was just headed in the final strides in the three mile hurdle. He is another who loves the soft ground and this still track is ideal for him. A noble run soon after a decent run in the Northern Lights final shows that he is in good heart.
Ask The Tycoon did not travel as we would like and although staying on for the fifth place he is better than this. He will be checked over and probably will race over further in time.
We head back south tomorrow with two runners for Newcastle. Highland Hunter won nicely at Ayr on his hurdles debut and steps up in trip tomorrow. Blair takes off some of his seven pound penalty weight and while this is a stronger race than last time, the form of his win has been franked with the second placed mare, Deriana Spirit winning today.
OrionInverness has been kept busy for his owners, the Tay Valley Chasers and he is up in distance tomorrow to three miles. He has been running really well this season and if the step up in trip helps he should be very competitive.