Whilst we didn’t manage to have any winners yesterday, there were creditable performances all round with all six of our runners finishing fourth or better. At Musselburgh, Aurora Thunder was a fine second in the 3m handicap hurdle with Gemologist running her usual game race to finish third in the 2m equivalent. Songofthelark was another to finish third, making a very encouragingly hurdling debut over a trip that is likely to prove short of his optimum, with old favourites Boy’s On Tour and Elmono giving their all to take fourth in their respective races.
Down at Wetherby, there was lots of nervous energy ahead of Mighty Thunder’s seasonal return in the Charlie Hall Chase and we were delighted by his fourth-placed finish. Reappearing over a trip at least a mile short of his best, he just got outpaced on the final circuit before staying on well in the closing stages and the run will set him up perfectly for the season ahead, with the Becher Chase a likely next destination.
The show moves onto Carlisle today where Ahoy Senor is set to make his chasing debut in the Colin Parker Memorial Chase. Coming back in trip to take on some smart experienced chasers asks a big question of him first time out over fences, but we do think the world of him and it will be great to get him started having missed a couple of engagements recently due to the ground. His schooling has been good.
We are represented in each division of the novice hurdle with Green Vault and Operation Overlord both holding each-way chances. The opening division is a stronger race than the one Green Vault contested on hurdling debut but we think the softer ground will suit, whilst Operation Overlord is sure to come for the run having been off the track since January.
Sutton Manor also takes his chance at Carlisle with the ground having come in his favour, running off a light weight in the 3m2f handicap chase. It didn’t quite happen for him over fences last year, but he ran well on his recent comeback over hurdles and is potentially well handicapped.
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