Speak Of The Devil continued our fine run with a win in the three mile novice handicap chase at Hexham. Always travelling comfortably he jumped with more confidence and galloped away after the last. The win for The County Set and Peter Russell & Friends was justified after a string of placed efforts last season and he should continue to progress as he matures.
George Godsman, leader of the County Sets is also the manager of the Tay Valley Chasers and they can continue to celebrate the return to form of their hero, OrionInverness. Happy in his visor he was a closing second in the two and a half mile chase, just a week after his win at Perth. He is feeling supple and happy these days and can win again. In the same race, Calle Malve was fourth on her second chase start and is developing nicely for her owners. Still jumping a little big at some of her fences, she will be ready for a step up in trip next time.
The two mile novice chase had Lucky Flight trying to follow up his Perth win, but the stiff left handed track was not ideal and I am sure that Musselburgh through the autumn and winter will be more to his liking. Cockle Bay jumped well on his first chase start; he is lightly raced but loves his racing and could be a better chaser in time.
Bialco, like Lucky Flight, is owned by The Vikings, and returned to a track that also did not play to his strengths. His fifth place was however a step in the right direction. Apparently, their owners' friends and relations, marauded in Hexham and Northumberland 1300 years ago, but it was not to be today.