A double at Exeter on Sunday came as a timely pick me up after a frustrating series of near misses by our horses over the last ten days.
Both our winners benefited from typically patient rides from Noel Fehily on ground as testing as you are ever likely to see at this time of year.
First to strike was Overtown Express, a big horse who absolutely relished the conditions. With the last hurdle omitted Noel waited until inside the final furlong before loosing Overtown Express who drew clear impressively to beat the favourite Rolling Dylan by ten lengths.
The winner missed a season after sustaining a tendon injury in his maiden success in a point-to-point.
He isn't the soundest horse in the yard but hopefully we can turn him out again under a penalty while the going is in his favour.
Further down the line he has the size and scope to be a chaser.
Unowhatimeanharry then capped a great day for the team with his fourth successive victory since joining us last summer.
Running as usual in the colours of the Harry Fry Racing Club he booked his ticket for the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival with a fluent success by four and a half lengths off a mark of 138.
The time of the race was 91 seconds slower than average which gives a fair idea of the testing nature of the conditions.
So it was no wonder that Unowhatimeanharry finished tired. The good news is that he will be fine on better ground and should get into the Pertemps Final once the handicapper raises him for this latest triumph.
So the forty members of our Racing Club can begin to dream of a great day out at Cheltenham in March.
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