Chanceiton gave Cameron Wadge a day that he will not forget when winning at Perth on the last day of the Glorious Finale, giving Cameron his first winner under rules.
My father, Peter, who owns Chance likes to give the young jockeys opportunities and he was delighted when Cameron guided Chance home to outstay his rivals in the three mile chase. Many will remember the dark day at Kelso on 29th December last year when Cameron was trapped under the fatally injured Scales Of Justice. Sustaining fractured vertebrae and internal bleeding it was a terrible time for Cameron and his parents. Like many things, time heals and Cameron is as strong as ever, he is a big part of the team here and we were all proud of the ride that he gave Chance today. In the same race Well Above Par was pulled up after his jumping deteriorated; he is better than this.
Earlier in the two and a half mile chase, Ryalex ran a solid comeback race to be third; formally headstrong he is much more settled and should have a good autumn in front of him.
We had an anxious few moments in the novice hurdle when Slainte Mhor fell at the last cannoning Thomas to the ground. Bruised and sore he was stood down by the doctors but was a little brighter by the end of racing. Slainte Mhor was unharmed and we were heartened by his run, looking very competitive until the fall. In the same race Rapid Raider looked very green; he is still learning about racing and will be better in time.
Richard Johnson deputised for Thomas on Mint Gold, and we were pleased with the gelding's third place; he was much more relaxed in his hood and hurdled slickly. Deepsand was a little ring rusty but enjoyed his day and should be much closer at the finish next time with this run under his belt.
Pinspot found the going on the soft side and was caught out when the pace lifted in the closing stages of the staying hurdle, but galloped to the line and was closing on the winners in the final half furlong. He will build on this fourth place. Misfits is also a stout stayer and lacked pace to sprint; he will find a return to long distance chases easier.
I have missed our first runner of the day; Exchequer was a little green at his hurdles in the juvenile, but ultimately the ground sapped his energy and he was pulled up. He will probably be seen next at Musselburgh.