It was lovely to round off the month with a double at Stratford yesterday. Some Day Soon was given a wonderful ride from Page to win on his chasing debut. He hasn’t been the most natural of jumpers, but Page has put in a lot of work at home on him, and that paid off emphatically yesterday as he fairly bolted up in a highly competitive novice chase. Having not programmed any WFA Novice Chases throughout the course of the summer, thankfully the BHA took notice of my rallying call for them and they were rewarded with five useful horses taking part, and it all paid off for Some Day Soon yesterday in first time blinkers.
Unfortunately, though it didn’t work for Chapmanshype who despite winning on chasing debut, hasn’t looked a natural chaser, and he will now revert to hurdling.
Some Day Soon wins on his chasing debut.
Our double yesterday was rounded off with Guinness Affair who won in taking style on his hurdling debut. He won his bumper last time out, and took well to jumping and looked an absolute natural as he jumped from hurdle to hurdle out in front under Gavin, who gave him a peach of a ride. We’ll look to defy a penalty later this summer before perhaps thinking about stepping him up in class.
Guinness Affair living up to his name when winning on hurdling debut.
I thought Dark Motive ran a super race on her hurdling debut when 4th in the juvenile hurdle yesterday. Owned and bred by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, Dark Motive took well to jumping and should improve with that experience under her belt, especially when encountering a stiffer track.