BIg Race Saturday Double
A big race double on Saturday following swiftly on the uplifting victory of Jolly’s Cracked It late on Friday completed a brilliant 24 hours for our hard working team.
If The Cap Fits then put the icing on the cake by winning the valuable Grade 2 Coral Hurdle at Ascot.
Black Mischief was outpaced when the tempo quickened rounding the final bend and his chance seemed to have gone as he trailed the pack.
But we know he stays well and Richard Johnson did not become champion by giving up on lost causes.
He kept pumping away, the horse kept responding and despite a tricky moment at the final flight they passed several horses on the flat to claim an improbable triumph.
That put an end to any thoughts of switching him to fences this season though earlier in the week we were far from sure to be running him at Ascot.
But once he schooled well on Thursday morning it was all systems go. I was worried the race came a bit too soon after Wincanton and he certainly didn’t travel through the race as powerfully as he usually does.
Yet despite being on and off the bridle his jumping was much slicker and we saw a different side of him as he had to dig deep and tough it out in the closing stages.
Afterwards Noel Fehily was very keen that we should take If The Cap Fits to the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. Further ahead the Aintree Hurdle in April is a target I have already discussed with Jason Maguire who is racing manager for owners Paul and Clare Rooney.
It’s important to note that after an unfortunate hiccup in the spring, which caused him to miss Cheltenham this was only the horse’s fifth start over hurdles so hopefully we have much to look forward to with him.
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