Puzzle lands her biggest Success
On only her third start over hurdles she just came out on top in a prolonged duel with last year's runner-up Carole's Spirit in a race run at a searching gallop.
It was close at the end but they don't come much tougher and more genuine than Bitofapuzzle who held on by half a length.
She is an out and out stayer who will make a chaser and is unlikely to be going to the Cheltenham Festival.
Ascot was the long term target, but as she had a hard race I will freshen her up and look for another opening in the spring.
Whatever happens then she will be going chasing in the autumn.
I have to admit that I was frustrated that Bitofapuzzle was just touched off in a Listed race at Haydock last time. But the silver lining was that she escaped a 5 lb penalty which could well have made the difference at Ascot.
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