At the double
A double on Thursday took our score for the season to 30 winners at a strike rate of around 29 per cent.
The horses have been in great form for a few weeks now and Acting Lass was the latest to strike at Market Rasen before Drumcliff completed another rewarding day for the team on his debut over fences at Wincanton.
We have always thought Acting Lass would make a nice chaser and he did well to give weight and a beating to his three more experienced rivals, two of them winners last time, in a limited novices' handicap.
As he has taken a while to come to hand this autumn I'd like to think there is more to come from him as he gains experience.
Acting Lass jumped soundly and was not doing a great deal in front after taking up the running four fences from home.
Drumcliff was certainly overdue a change of luck, so it was good to see him enjoy a trouble free round on his way to beating Coeur Tantre, trained by my friend and neighbour Anthony Honeyball, by three and a quarter lengths.
While he didn't enjoy racing on the deep ground one bit he jumped well in the main and was produced by Niall Madden with a nicely timed run to take the lead going to the final fence.
He should be able to build on this success which will have helped his confidence.
Fences were always going to bring out the best in Drumcliff who will be even more effective as a chaser in the spring when the ground starts to dry up.
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