The yard had a nice double at Hexham this afternoon with Prince Dundee and Saint Freule, both ridden by Blair Campbell.
Prince Dundee had a set of cheekpieces applied to focus his mind and, along with the better ground and the benefit of two previous chase runs, he put it all together, travelling sweetly and quickening on the home bend. Now that he has learnt to race properly there should be more to come. It was wonderful to have another winner in John McNeill's colours, the joint owner of Dundee, and grandfather of Campbell Gillies. The connections are pictured in the unsaddling enclosure: Caroline Lamb for County Set Three, Lesley Gillies, John McNeill, Prince Dundee, Matthew, Blair and Rita Gillies. In the same race, Arizona Bound was on and off the bridle but stayed on to be fifth..
Saint Freule can be a handful and he is ridden on his own every day by Blair, who does a magnificent job with this unruly custommer. However, as stated yesterday he has plenty of ability as he showed when sprinting away from the field in the two mile novice handicap hurdle. If he can settle with time and confidence he should be able to progress through the ranks. More tractable but with youthful enthusiasm, Mint Gold ran a good race to be third and as he matures he will make a cracking chaser.
Katalystic took a small step forward with a better round of jumping, although he can still be a little erratic. His midfield placing will be improved upon as he settles better, on easier ground and over a longer trip.