It was lovely to see Legends Ryde winning for the second time this season over fences. She had disappointed the previous week at Warwick, but she has a mind of her own, and she was on a going day yesterday at Fontwell. She jumped well, travelled well, picked up nicely and fought on bravely under Gavin who gave her a peach of a ride and was in the perfect spot throughout.
Legends Ryde wins again this season.
It was a relief to get another winner on the board, as we had a slightly frustrating weekend where Hardy Du Seuil was 2nd at Kelso, Datslrightgino was pulled up after a nasty mistake in the Grade 2 there, and Soldier of Destiny was 3rd at Newbury when looking the most likely winner for the whole of the race. Hardy ran well, but had too much ground to make up and was a fast-finishing 2nd, whilst recent Cheltenham winner, Datsalrightgino didn’t have a chance to show what he is capable of as Gavin pulled him up after an error. Thankfully he is ok and we live to fight another day. I thought Soldier of Destiny ran a cracker at Newbury in their feature novice chase on Saturday, but he didn’t quite stay 3m, and so we’ll drop him back in trip now and there should be a nice race in him in the autumn, but we’ll stay in novice company this spring.
Whilst, dual novice hurdle winner, Git Maker wasn’t able to show his undoubted potential on handicap debut at Sandown on Tuesday, as he got boxed in at a crucial point, and was unable to put his stamina to use up the hill.
So having not had the rub of the green, it was lovely to see Legends Ryde score well yesterday. We’ll now head to Newcastle tomorrow with Nikolayeva in the attempt to get the full house of winners at every track in the UK.