Fagan: recorded a aboriginal success aback July 2017
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The 2016 Albert Bartlett runner-up Fagan formed aback the years with a dominant achievement in the 2m7½f affliction chase, his aboriginal success in three and a bisected years.
The 11-year-old has won alone already aback his boss accomplishment abaft Unowhatimeanharry at the Cheltenham Festival aback aboriginal of alone two finishers in a Perth amateur hunt in July 2017.
After seven defeats and now accepting abutting Alex Hales, he looked as acceptable as anytime aback sluicing through the mud beneath Harry Bannister to storm home for an eight breadth success beneath top weight.
Bannister said: “I assumption the chic is still there. The bead aback [in grade] apparently ill-fitted him and I apperceive he’s got a lot of weight but it’s all relative. He’s done that nice and accessible which will accord him a bit of confidence.
“I don’t anticipate he’s bound to three [miles], he’s got a acceptable set of apparatus and it helps him biking through the race. It’s up to Alex and the owners to adjudge area to go but it’s nice for the old boy to get his arch in advanced again.”
Gallyhill showed absolutely why he fetched a whopping £450,000 aback bought by Mike Grech as he battled on gamely to accomplish a acceptable admission beneath rules in the 2m novices’ hurdle.
Nicky Henderson won the amateur hurdle on the agenda aftermost division address of an emphatic performance by Shishkin, but on this occasion the winner had to address down to see off Robin’s Dream in a bound finish.
Gallyhill: £450,000 acquirement fabricated acceptable admission beneath rules for Nicky Henderson
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The six-year-old looks a completely altered blazon to aftermost season’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner, and the best trainer believes Gallyhill will appear as a accomplished blockage attorney in the future.
He said: “Nico [de Boinville, jockey] said he was absolutely decayed and blooming again took a big draft but he did able-bodied to get aback to be fair.
“He’s a blockage attorney and his abutting run will be over two and a bisected but he’s a big baby. The EBF Final at Sandown could suit. He’s a admirable horse.”
Fine Casting, champ of the 2m½f bumper, looks addition acute blazon and trainer Ben Pauling is aiming him at the Brand 2 bonanza on Grand National day.
“I’m actual admiring with that,” said the Cheltenham-based trainer. “I anticipate he’s actual acceptable and he’d be a horse for the Aintree bumper. He’s apparently a two-and-a-half miler who wants a able amble but the bigger bumpers are run at bigger paces.”
Stuart Edmunds concluded a 32-day delay for a champ as Maskada took the affection 2m mares’ affliction hurdle beneath Ciaran Gethings.
The five-year-old fabricated all and captivated off the claiming of Miss Heritage by four and a bisected lengths.
“My horses weren’t absolutely appropriate over Christmas so we’ve aloof been cat-and-mouse and it seems like it’s advantageous dividends,” he said.
“They went a good, fair amble and she’d won a actual acceptable adolescent hurdle at Warwick in bad ground. I’ll brainstorm we’ll stick to mares’ handicaps but she’s big and able adult so we’ll be over fences soon.”
Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson recorded a bifold on the day with Dostal Phil and Little River Bay both accepting on the scoresheet.
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