The eight race card at Bangor on Wednesday began on good ground but ended on soft with persistent rain throughout the afternoon. The Talking Trainers section in One Jump Ahead had another productive afternoon at the North Wales venue with three winners, including the highly regarded Wynn House (13/8) in the opening mares' novices' hurdle. Alan King's charge had won on her debut last season before finishing second a couple of times, including in a Listed mares' bumper at Huntingdon in December. Absent since and returning from a break of 297 days, the daughter of Presenting made the perfect start to her hurdling career with a comfortable six and a half lengths win. Her trainer feels she doesn't want the ground too slow - she had the pick of the ground here - and looks capable of defying a penalty before stepping up in grade.
Jonjo O'Neill spoke favourably regarding Red Maple (5/1) on page 121 of OJA, who made his racecourse debut in the concluding bumper. The four year old raced prominently throughout before staying on well in testing conditions to win by a couple of lengths. Conceding a stone to race fit rival Glimpse of Gala, it was a decent performance by the gelded son of Sholokhov. The Jackdaws Castle team have a fine squad of youngsters and this victory bodes well for the rest of the string.
Elsewhere, the Henry De Bromhead trained Gaspard Du Seuil made his Irish and hurdling debut at Punchestown. Featured in the French Revolution section of OJA last season, the four year old won his only start in an AQPS Flat race for Mickael Seror before being bought by owner Sean Mulryan. Despite only finishing third in the two and a half miles maiden hurdle, the gelded son of Fuisse travelled and jumped beautifully but was tapped for speed on the approach to the final flight. Running on at the death, he will appreciate a stronger gallop in future. His jumping alone while ensure he wins his fair share of horses.
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