It was a grass roots day of racing at Hereford and Taunton as the Kempton saga rumbles on, continuing to dominate all talk within the sport. There was AW racing at Newcastle and an AW meet at Kempton (yup) continues this evening. Tony Martin had one runner at Hereford and you guessed it, it won at a canter, albeit in a very weak race. We had an HA 8/1 winner in Courtown Oscar to keep up our winning streak, after he took advantage of a leniency from the handicapper. The racing at Taunton delivered some better winners in terms of quality; Bags Groove backed up his smart bumper form and looks a useful hurdler for Harry Fry and Calett Mad, a 5YO, already looks a smart purchase for the in form Nigel Twiston-Davies. He didn’t settle throughout the early stages but found plenty a couple of fences out as he coasted clear.
Run of the Day: Taunton
1 05 OVERLAND FLYER (P Nicholls) 3/1, C5 Maiden Hurdle, 3M, Good (Good to Soft)
Sam Twiston-Davies was taken aback by the run of his mount in the opener at Taunton. The 6YO point-to-point recruit stormed home and wanted to run on when demolishing the competitive enough field by over 20L. His jumping experience showed as he breezed over the sticks with ease whilst a few toiled behind early on. Connections weren’t expecting such a show on stable debut; but must have seen something when bringing in the gelding and the performance has already brought in quotes of 20/1 for the Albert Bartlett. The decent ground looked to have helped as he took the field a long at a strong gallop from the off. Two out the the others already had nothing as Overland Flyer was still finding plenty. An obvious stayer, but with plenty of scope for improvement with good speed; Nicholls could have a surprising yet exciting horse to go to war with in the coming months and into next year. The time wasn’t amazing and brings us back down somewhat, but there was a tonne left under him if needed and STD was cruising for at least the last half mile, if not more. Signs are more encouraging than discouraging.