We had a great couple of days at Doncaster last Friday and Saturday with Cyrius Moriviere and Barters Hill winning. This has taken our total winners this season to 21, which means we have already passed our total for last season.
On Friday Cyrius took the 2 mile novice hurdle in impressive style, his jumping was very slick and he won easily in the end by 19 lengths despite having a penalty over all his other rivals. We were thrilled also for his owners The Pillar P Partnership as ‘Cyril’ is their first horse in training and has now won two this season. He has improved beyond belief and will now get an entry (alongside A Hare Breath) for the County Hurdle over 2 miles at the festival.
On Saturday we couldn’t have been happier with Barters Hill in The Grade Two Albert Bartlett Novices Trial. Even though his jumping wasn’t the tidiest and he didn’t win by his usual wide margin (like his last two hurdle wins), he was tough and oh so brave. Up for review tried a new tactic to try and pass him by sitting on his girth and applied the pressure ever since they jumped off, this ultimately didn’t help the Mullins horse as they both went very hard out in front and Up for Review was unable to go with Barters. He will have learnt plenty from having company up front and should set him in good sted for the Albert Bartlett or Neptune novice hurdles at the festival has to through at him. Even though he is not the flashiest of horse, he doesn’t half try and his gutsy performance on Saturday is his SEVENTH win on the bounce and his unbeaten record is still intact going to the festival. I think he is very deceptive with how much effort he has to put in and seems to always have the race in control. The commentator’s words as he passed the winning post “Thou shall not pass” will be ones I will never forget and it was another incredibly special day for all the team.
This week we have a few entries on Thursday at Towcester and Wincanton, but a quieter week in general hoping for this wind to go away and the ground to dry up a bit!