Newbury provided a midweek treat and threw up a few tidy winners in the process. Alan King labelled Cosmeapolitan one of his most talented juveniles after winning the opener, and despite not being overly impressive you have to take King’s word seriously in a stable with serious depth in their youngsters. High Bridge was a ready winner of the maiden hurdle for Ben Pauling, as the well regarded Cruiseaweigh was a distant seventh. Three Faces West made a mockery of his rivals from the front, running away with the C2 Graduation Chase as nothing else ever figured – with high class hurdlers Camping Ground and Drumacoo falling. Cepage was the eye-catcher of the day as the 160,000 euro purchase romped home by close to 20L on his British debut. Venetia Williams looks to have a 4YO that could be going places in the next couple of seasons.
Runs of The Day: Newbury
1 30 BEWARE THE BEAR (N Henderson) 5/2, C3 Novice H’Cap Chase, 2M7F, Good to Soft
Beware The Bear is a novice improving readily with each outing and a mark of 136 is still well below where this 6YO will be come the end of the season. He is in the right yard and Henderson will keep him ticking this year, with an eye on some big staying handicaps next season. He ran a simple, but effective race at Newbury – with jockey Jeremiah McGrath always holding plenty of confidence with what he had underneath. The pair were always in control and after travelling into the last smoothly, the race was over after clearing the final fence. There were some decent rivals amongst the field, but none were able to get close to matching his jumping and stamina – even carrying the top weight 11’9. He will definitely get further and connections were already suggesting this prior to Newbury’s run.