Better still to come from Bull

  • By: Wayne Hutchinson
  • Last Updated: December 13 2013, 12:12 GMT

Top jockey Wayne Hutchinson reflects on last week's rides and looks ahead to three mounts at Doncaster on Saturday.

Wayne has three rides up at Doncaster on Saturday
Wayne has three rides up at Doncaster on Saturday

I have got three rides on Saturday at Doncaster and start with Timesishard for Graeme McPherson in the three-mile handicap hurdle.

I liked him last year and he did pretty well as a novice. He ran okay in the mud at Cheltenham on his comeback but then disappointed last weekend at Chepstow.

Connections felt he got a bit crowded so I will be trying to find a bit of daylight on him. He should also appreciate the better ground at Doncaster so hopefully can recapture some of last season's form.

He carries top-weight in a lesser race and this should be more his level.

I then ride Zamoyski for Steve Gollings in the juvenile hurdle and I saw that he was beaten last time at long odds-on.

He was pretty smart on the Flat and rated in the 80s. He ran a nice first race at Wetherby in the Wensleydale Hurdle but then disappointed at Market Rasen when clearly expected to win.

So there is a question mark with him but he is well regarded and I'm looking forward to taking the ride. The trainer does well at the track and it's a good spare ride to pick up.

I don't know a lot about Mart Line in the closing three-mile handicap chase but he has had a couple of spins for Dr Richard Newland after coming over from Ireland.

He's two from five over fences and is hopefully still unexposed in what looks a competitive event.

I headed north last weekend to Aintree and I though that Mystery Drama ran a really nice race in the mares' Listed hurdle.

She bumped into Gitane Du Berlais, trained by Willie Mullins, but showed she'd improved from her first run as she put more distance between herself, Poetic Verse and Maypole Lass this time around.

She has got some black type now and hopefully will keep progressing.

Dundee showed he's getting the hang of things in the novice handicap hurdle and travelled much better in his race.

He'll be competitive off this mark again and has just run into one in the shape of Tantamount but he should continue to progress and will also appreciate a step up in trip.

Walkon was due to run in the Becher Chase over the National fences but he failed the trot-up before the race.

They are obviously very strict and in any other event he would be fine but horse welfare is extremely important so unfortunately he couldn't take his chance.

I did get a crack over the big fences though in the Grand Sefton Chase on Midnight Appeal but he was in top gear all the way.

He jumped the first four fences well but then I have missed the first after the Melling Road and was on the back foot from there really. Once you make a mistake and get knocked out of your rhythm on that course it is so tough to get back on an even keel.

He'll probably be stepped back up to three miles but it was worth a shot as it could have opened up some more doors for him this season.

The National course has changed recently and is a lot kinder to the horses. You definitely get away with more and can go through the tops of fences without it stopping you - but they are still there to be jumped.

Finally, we were pleased as well with Bull And Bush on her hurdles debut later in the week at Fontwell and she's run a very nice race.

She stuck to her task well as she looked in trouble at halfway but dug deep and galloped all the way to the line. She's only a four-year-old and the winner My Miss Lucy is seven and had some experience in a point-to-point as well.

Bull And Bush is still learning and a bit green but will definitely pick up a similar event soon.


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