Express Train On Time
Mendip Express gave us all the best possible start to the New Year with a highly impressive triumph under top weight in the long distance chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday.
It was a great way to deliver my first success at the course and there was further cause for celebration as we have now matched last season’s score of twenty winners.
Will Biddick has a superb record on Mendip Express in point-to-points so it made sense to make use of his 5lb claim again. Will gave him a lovely, patient ride, saving ground on the inside the whole way before they forged clear in the closing stages.
Beforehand I was a bit worried that the handicapper had set him quite a tough task on a mark of 139. But now we have every right to be thinking of either the RSA Chase or the four mile chase for Mendip Express at The Festival. We can make up our minds much nearer the time.
Though the ground was pretty deep at Cheltenham I've always felt he would appreciate drier conditions.
He belongs to a really enthusiastic team of owners which includes Paul Barber who bought him from John Costello in Ireland as a three year old. I know Paul is keen to run him in the novice chase at Newbury, the same race won by Denman on his way to landing the RSA Chase at The Festival in 2007.
With several smart prospects like Mendip Express in training this is an exciting time for everyone at Seaborough. We feel lucky to have around forty horses in training who hopefully are building a solid platform for the future.
Mendip Express, under Will Biddick, braves the conditions at Cheltenham to win comfortably on New Years' Day
Photo courtesy of Tracy Roberts (Turfpix)
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