Boxing Day Double
A double in the first two races at Kempton on Boxing Day came as a welcome boost for the team after a relatively quiet spell in December.
While it’s been apparent that some of our horses have not been finishing their races there is no obvious explanation as their bloods and scopes have been clear.So it was good to see both our winners finish their races full of running.
The progressive If The Cap Fits has answered every call this season and continued his fine run with a clear cut victory in the opening novice hurdle.
I’ve always felt he would need two and a half miles and he surprised me with the pace he showed at Kempton, a course which puts an emphasis on speed rather than stamina.
As If The Cap Fits is quite light framed and doesn’t appreciate deep winter ground I’ll give him a break now while thinking about plans for him in the spring which could include the Sky Bet Supreme Novice Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
It is fair to say that the hard pulling Hell’s Kitchen has been his own worst enemy in the past so it was a relief to watch him get back on track with an impressive display from the front under top weight in the valuable novice handicap chase.
While we have not given up on the idea of teaching him to settle we thought it was worth trying to let him bowl along at the head of affairs.
Full marks to Barry Geraghty who did very well to contain him and keep enough energy up his sleeve to hold the late challengers.
It was pleasing to see Hell’s Kitchen get his head in front again which was definitely a step in the right direction since he has plenty of ability.
A huge, scopey, headstrong horse who tends to give himself a hard time, he jumped notably well on Tuesday and really needs to be racing left handed in the future.
A lot of the credit for Hell’s Kitchen must go the late JT McNamara who did all the hard work with him as a young horse.
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