In the Hunt for winners
Wayne Hutchinson reflects on last week's action and looks forward to a couple of rides this weekend.
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I rode a nice winner at Doncaster last week on Bull And Bush and she did it nicely in beating Free Thinking, who is a good type from Nicky Henderson's yard.
The further Bull And Bush went the better she got and the way she winged the last two put the race to bed as the runner-up made a slight mistake at the second last.
She is progressive and, I think, will now run under a penalty.
We were very pleased with Kings Bayonet's comeback at Newbury on Saturday on going that would have been plenty soft enough for him.
He travelled really well and took me into the race but just went up and down on the soft ground and lost second place close home but the boss (Alan King) was keen to get a run into him and back on the track.
He'll probably be out again in three or four weeks and the drying conditions in the spring will suit as this was a really promising effort.
It was a similar case for Frizzo as all his form is on drier going as well and although he finished last of five, he was not beaten far at all.
He could drop back in trip from three miles but I still feel he'll get that distance on better going and we also have the option of going over fences in the spring.
Kuda Huraa ran a smashing race and he jumped well all the way until a stumble at the last hurdle. He got sucked in a bit as well on the soft going and plugged on close home but the winner Jumps Road wasn't really doing much in front to be honest.
We were delighted with Kuda Huraa and there's better to come on better ground - he has been hobdayed and that has helped so it shouldn't be long before he is winning.
McCabe Creek is a lovely horse and he gave me a fantastic feel on his debut in the closing bumper. He travelled well and quickened up really nicely with the winner Puisque Tu Pars - the latter was a big, imposing sort and Gary Moore thinks a fair bit of him.
So our horse has basically just bumped into one on the day and definitely has a big future. He has some gears and they'll be seen to even better effect on decent going.
Canadian Dreamer was a bit disappointing at Wincanton on Thursday and he also found it hard work on the soft going. He will be kept going as the ground dries up and I'm sure a race will fall his way.
I have just two rides this weekend - Harry Hunt runs in the two-mile novice chase at Sandown on Saturday and he has been a great servant to Graeme McPherson's yard.
He has won on the Flat, over hurdle and fences and he ran well last time when not beaten far in a Jumpers Bumper at Lingfield.
I don't think that the drop back to two miles will bother him on a galloping track like Sandown and I'm expecting a good show as he rarely runs a bad race.
Trigger The Light is back at his favourite Warwick on Sunday in a race that he won back in 2012. He ran well for a long way a couple of weeks ago at the track on his comeback and just got tired before being pulled up.
He's knocking on a bit now at 13 so we will review where we are with him after this race if it is not happening for him - he loves the track though and the drying conditions will help.
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