More to come from Balder Succes
Top jockey Wayne Hutchinson discusses his three winners over the last week and looks ahead to the weekend.
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It was really good to be on Kumbeshwar when he won last week at Haydock and as I said previously, he had shown no ill-effects from his previous fall at Kempton when he had schooled since.
He put that behind him and it was very pleasing to see him go and do it on the track. He was entitled to win on the ratings but he went about his business really well and put in a lovely round of jumping.
I was very pleased - I don't really know what his next target would be but the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon has been mentioned. It was good to get this win under his belt and it will have done his confidence the world of good.
I was really pleased as well with Balder Succes at Haydock on Saturday and he is progressing on the back of his comeback run in the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton.
He travelled and jumped lovely before he quickened up really well on the ground and again on the ratings, he was getting four pounds from Hollow Tree so should have won.
But the manner in which he did it was very pleasing and he is a horse I have got a lot of time for - he will keep progressing and is very exciting.
Alan (King) has mentioned The Ladbroke at Ascot for him and that could be the route to go down as he is still unexposed.
Trigger The Light ran a tremendous race in the staying handicap chase on the same card and he is in geat form despite nearly being at his 12th birthday.
He gave me a great ride but just got a little bit tired from the back of the second last in ground that was very hard work. It was one of his career-best efforts and we will see him again soon as there are a few staying chases coming up at Warwick in January, where he has shown his best form.
Kenai Peninsula went about his business nicely when winning at Taunton on Thursday. He just made a mistake three out which left me on the backfoot and he took a little bit of time to get going again around the top bend.
He does nothing quickly as all he does is gallop but he just a four-year-old and will progress as he learns his job.
Miss Exhibitionist never really ran her race in the mares' handicap hurdle. It was just two weeks since her last run at Lingfield and maybe this came a bit too soon for her.
I am off to Towcester on Saturday and ride Bright Light in the mares' novice hurdle. She is not a horse I know a lot about but she was second at odds-on in a bumper at Fontwell in March. Hopefully she will be in with a chance on her first start over hurdles.
I had a sit on Two Rockers on Thursday and he schooled nicely ahead of his hurdles debut. He won a point-to-point in Ireland and I think the form of that race is quite decent on paper.
He is a big, strong invidual and I am looking forward to riding him and is very much one to keep an eye on.
Hold On Julio is Alan's representative in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury and he is in good order after his run at Cheltenham in October.
This was always the plan straight after that race and we fancy his chances, very much like Walkon in the Paddy Power, so fingers crossed for a big run from him.
Moving on to Sunday, there is a 'Jumpers' Bumper' card at Kempton and Warren Greatrex bought Featherintheattic from the sales having been with Nicky Henderson last season.
Warren likes him a lot and it is a case of getting him started - he is very well at home and is a horse who is held in very high regard. This is an ideal first race before he goes over hurdles or fences.
Five Rivers is a consistent little horse and ran well in one of these races last winter. He likes the surface and the track and I schooled him on Friday morning - he should run his race here.
City Press could be interesting and he should like the surface too. I think he wants good going as he jumped nicely last time at Ffos Las but stopped very quickly in the bad ground so this will be an ideal opportunity to get a run into him.