Impressed on his chasing debut to finish third in a race against useful and fit rivals. There was no hiding place given the gallop and it was good to see his jumping hold up. Fitness-wise, he can come on for the run and with him having form beyond two-and-a-half miles, this was a great start for the Gary Moore team over the minimum. Still only five, you’d hope he could at least reach 150 over fences this campaign.
Made his seasonal debut for the Nigel Twiston-Davies team and ran a lovely race to be fourth. He was further back than ideal off the early fractions on ground where he is susceptible to quicker horses. He made eyecacthing late progress and will be at home over three miles plus when we get some softer terrain.
Ran a lovely race to be third for Ben Case in the closing bumper of the two-day meeting. In the hands of Daryl Jacob, the four-year-old really caught the eye with how he travelled and is entitled to build on this. An Irish point-to-point graduate, he fetched 50,000 euros at sale and being by a quality sire in Robin Des Champs, he can pay his way for connections.
Robin Of Locksley
The Skelton team may be able to bag a handicap or two with Robin Of Locksley this season on the back of a taking comeback. Keener than ideal on his first run since April, he made progress from well off the pace to finish third in this handicap hurdle. A more galloping track off a strong pace may suit him better.
A half-brother to the brilliant Thistlecrack, West Approach already looks an improved performer this season on the back of an excellent second in a three-mile novice hurdle. Given how enthusiastically he travelled, the son of Westerner did really well to see out the trip, for all it wasn’t a race run to test stamina. The fact he carried a penalty makes his effort even sounder and if he can improve like his pedigree suggests, he shouldn’t be too long in climbing the ranks for the Tizzard team.