A cross the card double
It was good to get back on the winning track with a cross the card double at Doncaster and Huntingdon on Friday after a frustratingly quiet spell over the past four weeks.
Thomas Brown set the ball rolling with a comfortable victory in a three mile novice chase at Doncaster before Bags Groove completed a fine afternoon for the yard with a decisive success in the bumper at Huntingdon.
The double took our score for the campaign to 36 winners, just one short of our best total set last season.
Things haven't quite fallen into place for us in January with a few results going against us such as Bitofapuzzle blundering her chance away in Ireland.
Meetings where we had good chances were lost to the weather, one or two fancied runners ran below form and so it was beginning to feel a bit like a batsman who was struggling to score runs.
So the double on Friday was a welcome return to form with three months of the season to come. We certainly have plenty of nice horses to run in the weeks ahead.
Thomas Brown, who is very talented, clearly enjoyed the better ground at Doncaster and has several options at the Cheltenham Festival.
There is a possibility he could run in the Reynoldstown Chase at Ascot on February 20 beforehand.
I was delighted to see Bags Groove confirm the form of his fine Ascot debut with a clear cut success at Huntingdon.
He is an exciting horse who we felt was bound to improve for that first racecourse experience and we would like to think he will come on again from only the second race of his life.
We will be aiming him next at Doncaster Bloodstock Sales' valuable bumper at Newbury early in March.
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