Aurora Thunder is developing into a useful filly as she continues her progress in novice hurdle races. Having been given time to develop by her owners she hurdled well and stayed on all the way to the line to be denied by under a length. She has a nice long term target for the spring, but before then she has the tenacity to return to the winners spot maybe over further.
We were also delighted with another youngster, the four year old Blooriedotcom who stepped up on his earlier races to be third in the two mile handicap hurdle. He is another who has been allowed to develop by his owners and he can continue to do so, especially as he becomes more confident at his hurdles. In the same race, Timesawaiting ran well for a long way until the soft ground took its toll, while Deepsand found the younger legs too speedy and he may now look for another career to retire to.
A Ladies Milan had his first try in a handicap up in distance but found it all a little too tough. He will stay in time but a drop back in trip is likely in the short term. Our two novice hurdlers will prefer good ground; Destiny Is All finds it hard to stay the trip on heavy ground, while Tarset Hinny did settle nicely but she is not quite strong enough to jump out of the soft going.
Finally, Big River had just settled into a better jumping rhythm when brought down after two miles; luckily he seems to have escaped injury from a nasty looking fall, and he will have a few days on the water treadmill to relieve any aches and bruises.