The action hotted up on Friday, with some exciting racing on the flat and over the obstacles. Newcastle held it’s first chapter of the AW Championship and Newmarket held a decent end of season card. Uttoxeter and Wetherby took centre stage in the racing world however, and threw up a number of exciting horses over fences and hurdles.
3 20 INDIAN STREAM (N Mulholland) 7/2, C1 Listed H’Cap Chase, 2M3.5F, Good
The Mulholland yard is in remarkable form during these opening weeks and HA pick, Indian Stream added yet another notch on the winner’s tally. The race had an open feel to it in the build up, with the topsy turvy market suggesting the more unexposed Skelton horse as the favourite. The nice ground undoubtedly suits this horse no end, and once winter really sets in we’ll see very little of her. The trainer feels her mark may be hard to work around now and a round over the hurdles could be on the agenda at Cheltenham – a nice dilemma to be in anyway. She didn’t have the easiest of routes round Wetherby on Friday, but she persevered bravely and jumped the last smoothly to take the race from the tiring Theatre Guide.
3 45 CHARBEL (K Bailey) 7/2, C3 Beginner’s Chase, 2M, Good
What a brave and gutsy front running win from Charbel on his chasing debut. It was a strong race on paper an it duly delivered with La Prezien and Top Notch all putting in cracking runs and throwing their hurdles form into the mix. The three 5YOs were far too good for their rivals; but it was just Charbel who jumped best and took charge under a gutsy David Bass ride. He’s really grown up on and off the track already this season. If he gets his ground, he could make a splash in some bigger and better fields over this coming winter. It was an encouraging debut to say the least, Kim Bailey certainly seemed very enthusiastic afterwards.