Edgar to the four
We needed a pick me up after Kylemore Lough ran below expectations at Cheltenham on Saturday and Melrose Boy provided it with a decisive victory at the course 24 hours later in the Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle.
It was our third success in the race in three years but our jockey Kieron Edgar can boast an even better record as he was winning it for a remarkable fourth time.
Having walked the course in the morning Kieron felt the outside was the place to be on Melrose Boy who travelled well before easing into the lead on the final bend and readily pulling clear on the hill.
He is a fine, big, imposing horse who takes plenty of work and there are plenty of options for him in the months ahead.
We intended to run him in the EBF final at Sandown last March until a bit of pus in his foot put an end to that plan.
So it was good to see him starting to make up for lost time on Sunday.
Later in the afternoon Misterton came tantalisingly close to winning the valuable Greatwood Hurdle from 1 lb out of the handicap.
He was up there all the way, jumping fluently, and still held every chance at the final flight before Elgin edged ahead on the flat for a narrow success.
It was a career best performance by Misterton who will step up to two and a half miles at some point this season and could run next at Ascot in the Wessex Youth Trust Handicap Hurdle (formerly the Ladbroke) on December 23.
I'm pleased to report that Kylemore Lough is fine following his below par run in the BetVictor Gold Cup.
Noel Fehily can't wait to have another go on the horse who jumped his way into the lead after three fences before switching himself off.
We are still learning about Kylemore Lough and will regroup before going again.
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