Park This One marked himself out as a horse to follow over hurdles next season when running away with a bumper at Exeter last week. He is an English point to point winner, and he improved from his racecourse debut when 2nd at Hereford, and put in a bold front running performance under a good ride from Gavin. He will be out on his holidays before long, but is an exciting novice hurdler for next season.
Park This One wins a bumper at Exeter.
I was thrilled to see Super Survivor winning his second novice hurdle this season when defying a penalty to win last weekend. He had arguably been unlucky the time before when 2nd at Chepstow, but put that right with a good staying performance at Carlisle. He should develop into a smart staying novice chaser next season.
Super Survivor wins under a penalty at Carlisle.
We went into the last week of the season with 49 jumps winners on the board and had 6 runners left in order to try to achieve the half century. However, four 2nds from and one 3rd meant we just missed out, but with one flat winner to add to the 49 jumps winners, we can collectively say we reached the 50 winner mark this season.
Tallow for Coal was touched off by half a length in a novice handicap at Ffos Las last Sunday. He put a below par effort on bottomless ground at Lingfield well behind him, when putting in a career best performance here, and will undoubtedly improve further for a decent summer holiday. He is an exciting horse for staying handicaps next season.
Dusky Days also hit the crossbar when 2nd at Market Rasen in a maiden hurdle. Having been 2nd on his previous start as well, he looked to improve on that effort, but was just beaten by a speedier horse from the back of the last flight of hurdles. Beholden was also 2nd on his seasonal debut in a conditional jockeys handicap at Huntingdon under Archie Bellamy. He should continue to improve throughout the summer and will go over fences at some point this summer too. Whilst, Rose O’Hara was also 2nd on her chasing debut at Worcester on Tuesday evening. She was our last runner of the season, but will stay in and we’ll aim to follow the same path as Floral Bouquet took last summer to success.
Rose O'Hara - our last runner of the season hits the crossbar.
Of our other recent runners, Midnight Centurion was 3rd at Chepstow on his handicap debut, and this maiden hurdle winner looks in need of stepping up to 3m now. Whilst, I was delighted to see Datsalrightgino running well to be 4th at Cheltenham last week in the Class 2 novice over 2m4. He had been a progressive novice when winning at Cheltenham in December, but two lacklustre runs on deep winter ground were disappointing. However, he put those behind him with a lovely run back at Cheltenham. He’ll be a lovely novice chase prospect next season.