Air Horse One soars at Ascot
Air Horse One capped a fine season with a decisive victory in the valuable Les Ambassadeurs Casino Handicap Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday.
In gaining his third success on the bounce he was unrecognisable from the horse who was so frustrating as a novice last winter.
He struggled to get the hang of jumping and couldn't win a handicap at the start of the season. But he finally got off the mark in a maiden hurdle at Exeter on New Year's Day and is progressing smartly now as his confidence grows.
Much of the credit for the improvement in Air Horse One goes to my wife Ciara who rides him every day at home.
After he won at Taunton last time I was inclined to keep him for the EBF final at Sandown next month.But he was in such good form that I felt we might as well have a go at this decent prize.
Once again he had the benefit of a top ride from Noel Fehily who is such a key part of the team.
I'd say Sandown is still an option for Air Horse One provided he comes out of this race in good shape.
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