Success breeds Succes
Top jockey Wayne Hutchinson looks forward to four rides at Newbury and reflects on another win for Balder Succes.
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I have four mounts at Newbury on Saturday and start with King's Bayonet in the 2m5f handicap hurdle.
He's been off for quite a while but I sat on him on Thursday and he popped over six hurdles, which went well.
Obviously this is his comeback so hopefully we can get a good run into him and it's very good to get him started again.
Frizzo goes in the three-mile handicap hurdle and he ran well first time out at the start of the season at Sandown.
He was disappointing next time at Leicester but that was when the stable's horses were off the boil, so put a line through that effort.
He seems in good nick and steps up to three miles, I can't see the trip being a problem so I'm hopeful of a good run.
Kuda Huraa makes his seasonal reappearance in the two-mile handicap hurdle.
He ran well last season in a couple of novice hurdles on soft ground at Newbury then obliged nicely at Huntingdon in April.
He had a couple of spins on the Flat before his holidays and starts in a handicap off a mark of 123, which looks a fair assessment for his win.
It will be interesting to see where we are with him and he schooled nicely as well on Thursday.
Finally, McCabe Creek makes his debut in the closing junior bumper.
I couldn't tell you much about him but a lot of Alan's horses over the past two or three weeks have been back on the grass gallops and he's sure to know his job.
He'll have been well educated at home and I'm looking forward to taking the ride.
Looking back on last week, Balder Succes put up another pleasing performance to win the Pendil Novices' Chase at Kempton and that was his second Grade Two this season.
I rode him slightly more conservatively this time with the step up in trip in mind but he has seen it out very well. His jumping was very slick, he travelled beautifully through the race and quickened up really well from three out.
I'd just like to think that switching to fences has made more of a man of him this year and he's building up a good CV as he goes from strength to strength. Things have really come together and he is showing the potential that was there with him as a juvenile.
Aintree is now on the agenda and then on to Punchestown, so that's where you will see him.
Bless The Wings was disappointing in the Betbright Chase and pulled up but I would put it down the ground. There was a heavy patch down by the lake bend and I have come out of that not travelling, then hit the same patch on the second circuit and that was curtains.
I think that Alan (King) was going to run a few tests to see if anything was amiss but we're putting it down to the going. So it's time to regroup and try again somewhere else down the line.
I was at Fontwell on Sunday and won on board Hot Whiskey N Ice - he is going to be a good little fun horse as he is very straightforward.
I am chuffed for Noel (Williams, trainer) - he travelled and jumped super, stuck to his task and handled the conditions well.
Hopefully he will serve the yard very well and for a horse who has had a few runs in point-to-points, he is still a bit green and I'd like to think there's more to come from him mentally.
Taffy Dare took her chance at Bangor on Wednesday in the mares' novice hurdle and she just got stuck in the ground.
It was very hard work as she's not the biggest and the going was actually a bit deeper than we anticipated. She travelled away fine through the race but just got found out when they quickened leaving the back straight.
She will be better come the spring when conditions start to dry up.
Midnight Catania was a 20/1 winner for me a Ludlow on Thursday and she surprised me with the manner in which she won.
I did think she was on quite an attractive rating of 113 although there was a slight question mark on the ground stepping up to three miles. But she saw it out very well and it was a pleasing performance.
The one minor concern was that it had looked a competitive race but the first three home were all big prices; although I didn't think that Midnight Catania deserved to be a 20/1 shot.