Thank you very much to those Email Service clients who have been in touch during the last 24 hours following yesterday's winning selection. The horse in question landed quite a gamble and looks a smart prospect. That puts the service in profit for December.
I was working at Carlisle for Racing UK yesterday and was delighted to see West of The Edge win the staying handicap chase for ValueRacingClub.co.uk. The eight year old was bought for 14,000gns during the spring and has won two out of two since joining Dr Richard Newland. Twelve pounds higher than when winning at Wetherby last month, he was given an excellent ride by Sam Twiston-Davies as he got the better of Ballyben on the run-in. Races such as the Eider Chase and Midlands National are possible targets later in the season, although he may have a run over hurdles in the meantime. The former Dai Williams' trained gelding is rated only 107 over timber. There were 15 members of the syndicate in attendance at the Cumbrian venue and it was a terrific result. West of The Edge was providing VRC with their 10th winner in 2016, which is a fantastic achievement.
Talking of owners, Rich and Susannah Ricci had a day to remember with their famous pink and green silks entering the winners' enclosure on four occasions on Sunday. Douvan and Djakadam rightly captured the headlines by scoring in the Hilly Way and John Durkan Memorial Chases respectively. However, I was taken by the performance of American Tom in the two mile beginners' chase at Punchestown. Featured in the Top 40 Prospects in One Jump Ahead last season, the ex-French gelding won over hurdles at Gowran before injury intervened. Returning over the larger obstacles, the five year old had reportedly impressed at home and he didn't disappoint with a length and a half victory. Despite jumping to his left throughout, he still had enough in hand to fend off the challenge of Gangster after the last. There is no doubt he possesses a big engine and will be seen to even better effect when racing left-handed. With Min appearing to be the same connection's Arkle hope, the JLT NC may prove the target for American Tom. Either way, there are plenty of big prizes to be with won with the lightly raced gelding. He reminds of the same owner's four times Grade 1 winner Arvika Ligeonniere, who ironically was better racing right-handed.
The French Revolution section in OJA has already unearthed Defi Du Seuil, who looks a leading contender for next March's Triumph Hurdle. Another possible candidate for the same event is compatriot Dinaria Des Obeaux (6/1). The daughter of Saddler Maker is also included in the same feature in OJA and she made an explosive start to her jumping career at Cork yesterday. A twenty nine lengths winner, she powered away and looks Graded class. The Gigginstown House Stud owned filly joined Willie Mullins during the summer before being transferred to Gordon Elliott. She looked something special yesterday. Don't forget where you read about these two exciting juvenile hurdlers first.
No Comment won for the second time over hurdles at Plumpton this afternoon and provided the Top 40 Prospects with another winner. Philip Hobbs' gelding is getting his act together over obstacles now and readily followed up his win at Market Rasen last month. His jumping has improved markedly with experience and he paid a handsome compliment to Robin Roe, who comprehensively brushed him aside at Aintree in April.
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