Our 3 list runners ran with credit this afternoon. Paddy Brennan took no prisoners aboard longs odds on favourite Astarador making all and pulling well clear with the rest in a different parish.
Harmony Brig has always looked a chasing sort and apart from ballooning the first few he warmed to the task when tackled by Percussionist and looks a bright prospect. There was an eyecatching run from King Revo in third. He jumped bet of all and made late headway to suggest he will be spot on next time.
Finally, Sir Boreus Hawk put in a pleasing display when 2nd to an impressive winner in the bumper at Catterick.
We have just one list runner tomorrow and that is Reach for the Top in the 3.00 at Leicester. Reach for the Top, who is trained by Henrietta Knight and a half brother to Rosslea was 4th on his chase debut behind Mr Pointment. That was an encouraging start and he should run well tomorrow. The main threat is likely to come from David Pipe’s An Accordion who is a half brother to Horus, who has had some big wins over fences for the Pipe team.
James Fanshawe does well with a small team of jumpers. His 3 year old Conkering has his first run over hurdles in the 1.00 at Leicester. He won on soft ground over a mile on the flat at Ripon so hopefully will handle what are likely to be testing conditions. Tony McCoy has the ride.
Flash Cummins came over from Ireland with a tall reputation but didn’t live up to expectations last season. He has already registered a win this term and may be finding his feet. He runs in the 2.00.
Liberate won 4 times on the flat for Sir Mark Prescott. He made a winning debut for new trainer Phillip Hobbs a fortnight ago and seeks to follow up in the 3.40 at Wincanton. Liberate was a facile winner at Hereford and should be able to defy a penalty.