Unowhatimeanharry continued the great form of the team with his second success in three years in the Grade 2 Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury on Friday a month short of his eleventh birthday.
He has been an absolute star since joining us in the autumn of 2015 with a modest rating of 123 and has since won twelve races including three Grade 1 hurdles over three miles.
But like quite a few of ours he wasn’t at his best last season so it was a joy for all our staff to see him bounce back at Newbury with a typically determined victory with the cheekpieces playing their part, too.
He has been in lively shape at home since his extended summer holiday in Ireland where we tinkered again with his wind.
It also helped on Friday that he was racing on softer ground and he no longer has to carry a penalty for past triumphs.
Unowhatimeanharry is an extraordinary horse because it did look last winter as though the light was just starting to fade.
Now though, while we are not getting carried away we have reason to believe there is a bit more to come.
Every win at this stage of his fantastic career is a bonus.
The Long Walk Hurdle in three weeks time looks the obvious route for him to go before we make any firm plans further ahead.
It is possible we might have had first and second in the Long Distance Hurdle as our new recruit Momella was moving nicely into contention when she came down at the second last.
I’m pleased to report that both she and Noel Fehily were fine afterwards.
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