Fletcher On The Button
The sixth Jolly's Cracked It was far from disgraced in finishing second in the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown to L'Ami Serge, the long odds on favourite.
It feels great to see the team in such sparkling form at this time of year though I appreciate it is going to be impossibly hard to maintain the strike rate we have achieved in the first three days of 2015.
The ground at Wincanton was just about as heavy as it can get after almost an inch of rain in the previous 24 hours.
Yet Fletchers Flyer relished the conditions as he won for the second time over hurdles with any amount in hand.
I decided to drop him in grade as he was not entirely straightforward for Ruby Walsh in victory at Ascot recently.
The plan certainly worked as Fletchers Flyer was in charge throughout and finished full of running at the end of two and three quarter miles.
Now I'd like to think we can step him up in grade again.
Around a dozen members of the Harry Fry Racing Club were on hand at Wincanton to cheer home Blue Buttons in the handicap hurdle which carried a decent first prize of £9,495.
She has been a wonderfully consistent mare, perhaps too consistent from a handicapping point of view and never runs a bad race.
Our claimer Gary Derwin walked the course beforehand and looked good value for his 7lb claim as he made just about all the running on Blue Buttons by sticking to a narrow strip of ground that he felt was a bit better than the rest.
The Racing Club is in for a busy few days with Highland Retreat set to run in the re-scheduled mares chase at Doncaster on Friday and a new recruit Dunn's River making his debut in their colours at Ludlow in a 4 year old maiden hurdle on Wednesday.
He is a replacement for Kilda's Rock who is no longer in training.
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