American made a highly pleasing start to his career over fences with an impressive all the way victory in the £9495 Bathwick Novices' Chase at Exeter on Sunday.
The deluge of rain which fell at the course overnight was extremely welcome for this talented but rather fragile young horse who has not been the easiest to train as he has had trouble with his knees. That is why this was only his fourth start under NH rules.
So I would say that even after two inches of rain the ground was only just soft enough for American who set off in front, jumping boldly and accurately, was never headed and kept on strongly in the final straight to hold the persistent challenge of Label Des Obeaux by two and a quarter lengths.
Hopefully we can have a bit of fun with him in the next few months over the depths of the winter while there is plenty of cut in the ground.
But we will see how he is in the morning before making any plans for him.
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