I ended my latest blog suggesting you’ll not regret investing in Lord Topper, and those who did were richly rewarded as he won in some style at Wetherby on 13th April 2017, the Racing Post analysis of the race suggested "LORD TOPPER rallied after the last to win going away, building on the promise of his hurdling debut. He's a 1m5f winner on the Flat and will get further in this sphere."
It was a lovely performance and a great ride from Sam T-D. Sam later reported that he will get further, and in time will want 3 miles. I can see him developing into a smart handicapper over hurdles, and might be one for the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival next season.
Lord Topper wins at Wetherby
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I am thrilled with how the horses are running and Adrrastos was the next horse to get his head in front last weekend at Plumpton. He thoroughly deserved to win as he has finished placed in all his bumper runs and novice hurdle runs to date! He jumped very fluently (bar the last) and won in the style of a horse who has a lot more to give. He might be one for the valuable Summer Hurdle at Market Rasen in mid-July.
Adrrastos prior to winning his novice hurdle.
Having lacked a ‘Saturday horse’ this season I have been delighted with how Dans Le Vent has progressed, and has the makings of a decent novice hurdler for next season. He won a bumper earlier this season prior to being placed in a listed event and was 6th in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival. We wanted to end his bumper season with his head in front and he duly won his bumper with a penalty at Ludlow last week. It turned into a sprint and with the eventual 2nd horse getting first run on him, he did well to get back to win cosily enough in the end. He looks a seriously smart prospect for next season.
Dans Le Vent wins his bumper under a penalty.
We sent three horses to the final meeting at Cheltenham last week and I was delighted that we came away with another winner at the track when Fact of the Matter jumped his way to victory. He has now won three novice chases this season and he could be one we aim at the Summer National at Uttoxeter on 2nd July.
Fact of the Matter wins another novice chase at Cheltenham.
Our week ended on another good note as Our Three Sons won well at Stratford on Sunday. He is another horse who has been knocking on the door and Page Fuller gave him a great ride from the front. We’ll probably look to get him out again within the two-week window with a penalty.
Our Three Sons wins well at Stratford.
Of our other runners, Our Reward added another 2nd to our list this season (37 seconds so far!) and will be heading novice chasing in May. Breaking Bits also finished runner up and is a model of consistency who could do with a bit of help from the handicapper. Another horse to add to our list of silver medals is Oscar Star who ran a cracker to be 2nd in a bumper at Chepstow. Our other bumper runners have also run with credit including Lostnfound at Wetherby and Presenting Pearl at Fakenham who were both 4th neither had the run of the race and both should be good enough to win their bumpers.
I am thrilled with how the last few weeks have gone, it’s great to end the season on such a high, and another Cheltenham winner last week was very special.