Timely Double at Exeter
A double at Exeter on Tuesday confirmed the well being of the team after a frustrating period when they have been hitting the crossbar.
The horses look well, have been working nicely and coming along without being fully wound up.
But winning is the name of the game and for As I See It and then Litterale Ci to strike in just over an hour was a timely boost after seven out of our twelve previous runners had finished in the first three.
Some of them have just been needing the outing but As I See It showed that he was fit enough after a break of 552 days by keeping on stoutly to pip Golden Sovereign and Jubilympics in a qualifier for the Challenger Stayers’ Hurdle Series.
Twelve months ago his future looked bleak as we couldn’t keep him sound. A kissing spine was diagnosed and our thanks to Ian Wright for his skilful surgery at Newmarket Equine Hospital which put him on the road to a full recovery.
We will see how the horse comes out of the race before making a firm plan. Obviously we will have to wait for the handicappers verdict, but I imagine he will either go for another handicap hurdle or maybe look at a novice handicap over fences.
Litterale Ci then completed a fine double for the yard with a cosy success in the £20,000 Class 3 Best Mate Beginners’ Chase.
A mistake at the first fence briefly put her on the back foot but she was moving smoothly into contention when the leader Moonlighter departed three from home and had too much speed for her two rivals on the flat.
Litterale Ci was fit after a summer campaign, and given her rating of 140 and that she enjoys good ground she looks a natural for mares’ novice chases before the going gets too deep. So her next outing could be at Bangor on November 13 in the Class 1 Listed £25,000 Canter Carpet Mares’ Novice Chase.
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