Balder aiming for more Succes
Top jockey Wayne Hutchinson looks ahead to the weekend and an exciting ride at Haydock on Balder Succes.
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I am looking forward to getting back on Balder Succes at Haydock on Saturday and he ran a really good race on his comeback at Wincanton in the Elite Hurdle.
He has improved for the run and this looks a great opportunity as he has form on soft ground and I could not be happier after schooling him over six hurdles at home on Thursday.
He is a horse I am really looking forward to riding.
I can't see Haydock posing too many problems for Warwick specialist Trigger The Light in the staying handicap chase and he has been a tremendous servant over the years.
He has gone up six pounds from his win at Warwick at the backend of last season and he is not getting any younger but he should fall into a race at some stage this season - I don't know whether or not it will be on Saturday.
I rode The Mumper to victory at Market Resen on Thursday and it was not a surprise that he won as his previous form had been solid enough.
He had been beaten by a horse of Alan's (King) in May called Turn Over Sivola, who had won under a penalty on Monday.
His form was good enough to go and win a novice and although Alan's Uxizandre was more fancied, it was a messy race and fell into my hands rather than the favourite on this occasion.
The Mumper is a nice sort who has done well through physically the summer and should improve again mentally for the run. He hurdled well and went about his business in the right way at the end.
Nom De Guerre was a good second at Leicester on Monday and he just got collared up the run-in.
He gave me a fantastic ride and in hindsight, I was probably in front a bit too soon as the race fell apart and he has taken me there travelling well going to the ditch three out.
We pressed on to go and win but unfortnately he has got done by one that was flying at the death.
It was similar for Dolatulo, who ran another great race at Fontwell on Sunday and he is a tough, consistent sort who deserves to get his head in front.
He switched back to hurdles and looks like being very versatile under both codes over the winter as he handles soft ground well - it was unlucky to just bump into one again.
His chance will come although he did run off a mark of 125 and probably has not got a great deal in hand as regards to hurdling.
It was desperate ground for Classic Colori on Saturday at Uttoxeter and he found it very hard work. He is a typical Flat horse switching codes as he struggled in the conditions and it was a big culture shock for him.
He is probably worth another chance on better ground with that experience under his belt.
Circus Star is quite headstrong and in that ground, he did too much too early before staying on to finish fourth in the handicap hurdle.
He ruined his chance by being to free - he got a soft lead the time before and on this occasion a couple wanted to jump out and go to the front so the nature of the race got him beaten.
Cape York was third in the bumper for Malcolm Jefferson and he was a lovely horse to sit on.
He was quite backward and very much on and off the bridle during the race but stuck to his task well. I think the first three home could be quite useful sorts and Cape York is one to keep an eye on.