Lucky Flight is not the easiest horse at home, requiring a bitless bridle and careful handling, but he is brave and talented as he showed when winning on his novice chase debut. Partnered by Stephen who knows him well, he made all, jumping neatly throughout, until a slight aberration at the final fence... which he cleverly banked. We would like to think that he can go on from here and give his owners Morton and Carsten, The Vikings, and Stephen an exciting winter.
We had good runs from Vino's Choice and Gemologist who were fourth and fifth, both being held up then, unfortunately, finding trouble as they tried to get through the pack. However, both horses are running consistently and their turn will come.
In the Bet365 Gold Cup Boys On Tour pulled up when he stopped traveling, and poor Fortune's Hiding fell at the last winding himself and taking a few minutes to recover. The groundstaff team were excellent supplying plenty of cold water to help cool him, and he was fine after the race.
The Tay Valley Chaser horses, Touchedbyanangel and OrionInverness ran solid races and these runs should set them up for the autumn, while Magnum found the early pace a bit much but stayed on in the closing stages. Last King Of Wales struggled after a mile and Blair pulled him up after he had dropped back through the field. We will consider his future.
We were really pleased with our final runner; Bayfriars Bobby was very green but stuck on in the final furlong to be fourth and he will have some time to mature again before his next run.