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1 December

Posted on December 1, 2018

Newcastle is always a long way to go, but a winner makes the journey back a great deal quicker – even if the winner wasn’t the one that we thought would take the honours !
ASK BEN came to us in the spring after finishing second in an Irish point to point. The winner of that point won at Hereford on Wednesday, and that form looked pretty solid, so I hoped he’d run a nice race in soft ground in the Furze Novice hurdle, but with the quality of the runners, and him only being a 5 year old having his first run under Rules, I thought a ‘nice run’ would be third or fourth. He showed a cracking attitude to get his head in front at the last, and then battle back again when headed close to the line, to take the honours in a 4 way photo. Nice horse with a big future I think.
AMI DESBOIS looked to have a really good chance in the Rehearsal Chase on his return from injury, but he only got as far as the third fence when he got hampered and unseated Kielan. He had another loose to keep him company, and that one fortunately pulled up at the line on the first circuit, so he didn’t gallop too far, and should be ready to run again sooner rather than later.

On top of that, SKIPTHECUDDLES made a storming debut over fences at Newbury in the Grade 2 Novice hurdle, jumping like an old handicapper and finishing a solid 4th behind more experienced horses. A first 3 finish, and black type, would have been nice – not least because we have his half-sister here at home – but I’m confident that will come as the season progresses.