Hill shows plenty of Boot
Boothill made a highly impressive debut for the yard in the bumper at Kempton on Saturday.
Given the way he had been working at home it wasn’t a great surprise that he won but we certainly weren’t expecting him to do so in such a dominant manner in the colours of Brian and Sandy Lambert.
Luckily Jonathan Burke was on hand to take over on Boothill who finished second in two point-to-points in Ireland in October before we bought him at the Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham sale a month later.
He was bought for us by Kevin Ross Bloodstock & he readily saw off the hot favourite Bothwell Bridge by four and a quarter lengths on his first start for us.
He was a bit keen early on after getting a bump but then settled nicely and was galloping all over the field on the final bend before easing into the lead and stretching clear.
Boothill is a lovely stamp of a horse, has shown plenty of pace at home without coming off the bridle and is bound to improve for the experience as he took a good blow going into the final furlong.
Being by Presenting he appreciated the drying ground at Kempton & although the bookies were quick to price him up for the bumper at Cheltenham he will not be going to the Festival or to Aintree.
The choice we have is to run him again in a similar race under a penalty in three or four weeks or maybe wait a bit longer and take him to Ireland for a bumper at Punchestown.
It is a nice dilemma to have.
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