With no sign of relent with the adverse weather, it is still proving difficult to find better ground around the country for our runners, however even under testing conditions the team are still performing to a very high level. The horses seem in great form at home, thriving after having a quiet few weeks, bucking and kicking and proving a nuisance to their riders, its fantastic to see the horses in such good form no matter how big or small their targets are for the remainder of the season.
The consistent Pemba was looking to follow up from her impressive victory at Doncaster, this time travelling further north to Catterick. In what was testing ground and to give weight away to the field she put another good performance to win by 8 lengths. She has proven to be a great servant for the Million In Mind Partnership running 3 times this season, winning twice and finishing 2nd on her first start, hopefully she can continue to win races before she heads to the sales ring in the summer.
The Unit was making his hurdles debut at Huntingdon on Friday afternoon after running to a good level in bumpers, and despite posting a good effort to finish 2nd it was clear he would have learned a lot from this experience as he put in some big jumps over his flights, and travelled with too much zest in the early parts of the race. He is a horse we have always held in quite a high regard and he is one to follow as he continues to learn his trade over the obstacles.
On the same card Sceau Royal ran out a clear winner of the Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle giving Daryl Jacob a great ride throughout the race on his comeback from injury. A very slick and efficient hurdler with a fantastic appetite for racing he has now made himself a prominent figure in the Triumph Hurdle picture and although we are blessed with some exciting juvenile hurdlers this season, we are all very much looking forward to him taking his chance come March.
Sego Success returned non the worse for his second fence fall in the Classic Chase at Warwick, whereas Midnight Prayer flew the flag for Barbury and gave Tom Bellamy a great ride round and was unlucky to bump into the extremely tough Russe Blanc going down just under 4 lengths in second although he was a little cumbersome over the last fence, it would have not made any difference to the result. This was a fantastic performance considering he had to miss the Welsh National due to a bad cough, and in a short space of time recovered to run such a valiant race on Saturday.