Having won 4 chases on the bounce through the autumn, the ground went against Double Treasure through the spring, but thankfully he got his head back in front over hurdles at Fontwell earlier this month. He jumped really fluently and won pretty comfortably beating a couple of useful rivals. I’ve entered him for the Summer Cup at Uttoxeter and we may think about that, although we might keep him over hurdles until a possible tilt at the Kerry National in September. I was pleased that Gavin Sheehan was back on board as well, and this was his first winner since coming back from breaking his wrist in the Grand National.
Double Treasure wins again.
I was thrilled to see Havisham win at Fakenham under a tactically brilliant ride from Page Fuller, who has now turned conditional after winning the Amateur Championship for the second year running. It was Havisham’s handicap debut and he certainly appreciated the better ground, the step up in trip and the drop in class. He had some decent flat form, but he sustained a nasty injury on the flat and it was debatable even if he would race again, so its all credit to the team at home.
Havisham wins over hurdles.
King Vince improved on his seasonal debut to be 2nd at Worcester this month and it wont be long before he’s winning over hurdles. The same can be said for Lord Topper who was a decent 3rd at Fontwell on Saturday.
King Vince hits the cross bar.
Having won his chasing debut, Our Three Sons was an honourable 2nd under a penalty and he’ll find easier opportunities in the coming weeks. Another to hit the cross bar recently was Court Out who pushed an odds on shot close at Southwell. Court Out is a rapidly improving type, who won’t be seen to best effect until he’s over fences, but there looks to be plenty of fun to be had with him over hurdles beforehand.
Of our other runners we’ve had this month, most have been placed with Between the Waters finishing 3rd at Fontwell on Saturday. He’s been threatening to win, and although still a maiden I am sure once he does get his head in front, he’ll end up running up a sequence. Fact of the Matter ran well to be 4th at Aintree, but doesn’t really act on the track and he’ll head back to defend the Lord Cavendish Gold Cup at Cartmel in August, but we might send him over hurdles in the meantime.