Best of Intention still to come

  • By: David John
  • Last Updated: December 12 2012, 9:25 GMT

David John with the latest update on horses to follow in the 2012/13 National Hunt season.

Jonjo O'Neill: Trains Beckhani

Third Intention and Papamoa were both in action over the weekend.

This pair of novice chasers were both beaten in their respective contests at Sandown and Kelso but they still offered up enough for them to be retained in the list of horses to follow.

Third Intention was raised in grade once again and came up against the likes of Captain Conan and Hinterland.

Having looked like he would be beaten miles at the Pond Fence, he stuck to his guns really well to claim a gallant third on the run-in.

He continues to give the impression that a longer trip will suit and although he may not be up to mixing it with the top novices over fences, he will surely make an impact in a decent handicap over two and half miles.


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Papamoa was also up against it and ran a remarkably similar race behind the Classy Rival D'estruval in a valuable contest.

The grey was under pressure three out but the stamina boost kicked in again turning for home and he kept on nicely to finished second, albeit at a respectable distance behind the easy winner.

He seems to have limitless reserves in terms of staying power and a handicap over a real test in the mud around a smaller northern track - Sedgefield or Hexham - would really play to his strengths.

The horse to catch the eye this weekend was Beckhani at Sandown on his first outing for Jonjo O'Neill.

He was a 70,000 purchase for current connections from Charlie Brookes and was not unfancied on his first two starts in bumper company at Huntingdon.

He is entitled to be sharper for his third behind Golden Hoof and looks to have the physique to progress from this effort.


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