We ended Newbury’s big two day meeting in a positive mood with Overtown Express winning the Ladbrokes Handicap Chase over two miles in tremendous style on Saturday.
He was the last of our eight runners at the course and the fourth to finish in the money which rather confirms that to do well at the major jumps venues you need to have plenty of ammunition.
There were disappointments along the way with Hell’s Kitchen
losing his jockey Barry Geraghty
with an early mistake on Friday and American
failing to live up to our expectations in the Ladbroke Trophy.
But we also had a second and two thirds before Overtown Express,
running off a mark of 141, set the seal on a busy 48 hours for the team with his impressive success by ten lengths from Rock On Rocky
He travelled notably well, jumping soundly, before easing into the lead at the fourth last fence and steadily drawing clear.
While the handicapper is bound to have his say I am hopeful that Overtown Express
can continue to progress as he gains experience since this was only his fifth start over fences.
His jumping wasn’t always foot perfect last season but he won well at Warwick and wasn’t right when he was beaten at the same course in the Kingmaker on his final start of the campaign.
I couldn’t have been happier with the way Overtown Express
jumped when we took him to Newbury ten days ago for a schooling session during a media morning and he was again really slick on Saturday on ground that he clearly relished.