Wayne Hutchinson: On the way back
Wayne Hutchinson is banned this weekend but he has a positive update from Alan King's yard in his latest column.
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I am serving a ban at the moment which I picked up after the ride on Kumbeshwar at Cheltenham on New Year's Day so I will not be riding this weekend.
It is very unfortunate as he is a hard ride who takes plenty of encouraging, there were a lot of fences missed out and conditions were awful. We were trying to win the race and still there with every chance in the closing stages - this is the first time I have fallen foul of the new guidelines.
It has been a quiet time really since Christmas but I can report that I have been in regular contact with the boss (Alan King) since the stable shut down and have to say that he is a happier with the horses at the moment.
They have not been doing much galloping or schooling so I have not been up there much in the past two weeks. I spoke to him on Wednesday evening when a few more tests were being done and with a bit of luck he will be able to breeze a few select horses and then see where they are are next week.
Things like this don't happen overnight but if all goes well, then this time next week there should be one or two entries again and as I say, Alan is happier with how the horses are progressing.
I had a good day last Saturday up at Wetherby with a double on Yesyoucan and Allied Answer.
Yesyoucan won the novice chase at odds-on and he did it well. I think that his class told in the end and he won as you would expect with a pleasing performance that got the job done. I was handy all the way and he jumped well and he will get a longer trip in time.
Allied Answer won the two-mile handicap hurdle and this was only his fourth start over timber. He is a big strong type who should progress with racing and will get two and a half miles.
He travelled well into the race but was green and rolled around a little when he got to the front. But he showed some battling qualities to get back up on the line when he was headed and he is certainly starting from the right end of the handicap.
I really liked The Ramblin Kid, who was my first ride for Micky Hammond, in the novice hurdle.
He has come over from Ireland after running in bumpers for Charlie Swan and is a huge chasing type. He is certainly not a bumper horse and even finds hurdles a bit of inconvenience when he meets them as he has such a big stride.
But he jumped well on the whole an showed enough to suggest he will win a maiden hurdle when given a stiffer test of stamina. But you will not see the best of him until he goes over fences.
I reckon it was a classic case of the 'bounce factor' with Society Shares and you can put a line through his run in the handicap hurdle.
He won at Ffos Las previously after a lot of time off and he just felt flat from the word go - we know that he is better than this.
Finally, Cocacobana needs some help from the handicapper after his third place in the handicap chase over two and half miles.
He stuck to his task under top weight but it struck me that he just galloped all the way to the line after hitting a flat spot at the end of the back straight. I feel he will be winning again once stepped back up to three miles.