Sammy Bill has always shown us plenty in his work at home but he had struggled to settle in his three previous races last season.
He was still a bit keen early on but nothing too bad, he’s got a huge long stride so when he does learn to relax and he can use that stride to his advantage he should continue to improve.
Spice War ran perfectly well and most importantly he jumped nicely.
He looked as if he was going to be a good fourth in a decent novice hurdle before weakening two out so the potential is there.
Spice is a big raw horse who will not be over raced this season, he will now have a short break.
Vinnie The Hoddie had jumped brilliantly in a small field novice at Wincanton first time over fences, he has done plenty of schooling since and he’s always been good.
He put down on Leighton at the second fence and just got in too tight and couldn’t organise his feet on landing, a novicey mistake which obviously can happen when horses lack experience.
Archimento looked a bit laboured and will now be off for a nice holiday, he’s been on the go for a long time now.
He’s filled out since he’s been with us and I think he will physically improve and he’ll be back for a spring summer campaign on his favoured good ground.
Southern Sam ran ok, if you’d told me he’d a have been third before the race I’d have taken that but I was a bit disappointed in the way he travelled.
Apart from one fence his jumping was good and he’s always looked a stayer but he isn’t that slow so let’s just hope he’ll be much sharper for the race.
Jersey Bean jumped better today but he still seems to be a bit deliberate over the fences.
I’m going to bring him back to hurdling for now, I’m not ruling out a return to fences at some stage but I don’t think he is going to be a better chaser than hurdler on current form.
Working Class showed his honesty once again, he won nicely in the end on ground slightly softer than ideal but he seemed to handle it.
He will jump a fence at some stage but I’ll probably leave that until the spring/summer on his favoured top of the ground.
He may have a mid season break at some stage whilst the ground is unsuitably soft for him.
Lady In Hiding ran another game race to finish third again. She will now begin her hurdling career.