Half century reached for the season
It felt good to finally reach a half century for the jumps season on Sunday after a frustrating spell over the past three weeks.
Two miles at Stratford is on the sharp side for our mare and she was flat out heading down the back straight before moving into contention on the bend and easing through a gap on the rail with a perfectly timed challenge.
We put a hood on Samarquand to keep him chilled and although he has shown plenty at home he was as green as grass before knuckling down late on to see off Bold Plan who had won his only Point-to-Point.
It took Noel quite a while to pull him up after the line which is always a good sign. He is a really exciting horse for the future and will be now be off on his holidays before we plan a campaign for him next season.
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