A dual winner on the flat earlier in his career, including for us at Kempton Park in January, he hasn’t quite achieved what we had hoped he would since joining us, but that could be set to change now that he has finally replicated what he shows at home on the racecourse. Held up through the early stages, he was brought wide to challenge in the straight by George Wood and, once George pressed the button, he instantly quickened clear of his six rivals.
The handicapper has raised him 7lbs for that win, which looks fair given the margin of victory, and it means we can still get into 0-75 handicaps, so I am confident there is another win to come on the level. However, I am very much looking forward to getting him back over hurdles as, off a mark of just 87, he looks potentially very well treated in that sphere.
I am delighted for his owners Shaw Racing 2 and the Friends Of Castle Piece and hopefully they will have plenty more to cheer in the coming months!