Alpha Victor continued the good form of the yard on Friday evening by winning the competitive 20 runner 0-135 3 mile handicap hurdle at Aintree. It was a fantastic performance as it was Victors first run out of novice company, he was running off a mark of 120 but is now sure to go up significantly as he just seems to keep improving with every run.
I was delighted with the performance’s of our other 2 runners also. Blewit was 6th in a very hot looking 2 mile novice hurdle and he will now qualify for a handicap mark.
Fiddleesticks was 5th on his racecourse debut in the bumper. The 4yr old gelding by Heron Island travelled really well throughout the race and stayed on well to the line to be beaten about 10 lengths behind the winner. He was not given a hard race and I am really looking forward to seeing him over hurdles next season as he will be turned away for the summer now. He has still got to grow into himself and I think he is a very exciting prospect for the future.
Alpha Victor had his first schooling session over the chase fences at Peel this morning. I am pleased to report that it all went well and he thoroughly enjoyed himself. He will remain over hurdles for the immediate future but will probably go novice chasing when he returns from a summer break next term.
Kykate has been declared to run in the 6.10 2 mile 0-115 mares handicap hurdle at Hexham tomorrow evening. There are only 6 runners and she is the top rated horse in the race so carries 11 st 12 lbs, due to the soft ground conditions and the other horses being ridden by claimers I have declared myself to ride her taking 7 lbs off her back.
Mac Steamy and Gwladys Street ran fantastic races but made it a frustrating night for the yard with both finishing 2nd at Sedgefield on Tuesday evening.
Gwladys Street was beaten by the Donald Mccain trained 1/4 odds on favourite Grouse Lodge by 2 lengths. He Jumped and travelled really well and made the favourite pull out all the stops carrying 3 lbs more in weight. It was another improved performance and he really does look like he is growing up and starting to learn what racing is all about. We now wait to here what handicap mark he is allocated.
The Racing Post commented:
Gwladys Street, third in a bumper here in January, had finished well beaten in two previous starts over hurdles. On the face of it, he showed a much-improved effort, seriously troubling the winner. Whether he was flattered remains to be seen.
Mac Steamy ran a huge race to be second in the bumper in what looked like an above average race of its kind for the time of year at this track. He was jumped off handy but proved to be quite keen and soon ended up making the running. He set a strong gallop and it took a very good horse to get past him in the highly regarded Shanen. In hindsight we should have run him differently and tried to seek some cover, none the less it was still an impressive run beating plenty of well fancied runners.
The Racing Post commented:
Mac Steamy, an £8,000 purchase, came here on the back of two point wins. Rather keen in front, he kept on well to finish clear second best. Quite a big type, he will make a chaser one day.
Mac Steamy holds and entry at the Brightwells May sale at Cheltenham. In an ideal world we would find an purchaser who would like to keep him with us here at Peel!