Daryl Jacob reflects on the victories of Master Dino and Torpillo and looks ahead to a strong book of Saturday rides at Kempton.
It was nice to ride a couple of good winners last weekend.
Master Dino was very good at Plumpton on Sunday and it’s such a shame he suffered a season-ending injury. Please god he’s back next year to fulfil his potential. He’s very exciting.
Everything was wrong for him last week. He’s used to running at Auteuil, a nice, galloping course, and he was having his first experience of British fences at a tight circuit in Plumpton on ground that was quicker than he’d usually encounter.
Despite that he still beat a very nice horse of Gary Moore’s in Knocknanuss, with the pair well clear of the third. I was very impressed with him, he gave me a great feel, and as I say I hope he makes a complete recovery and is back firing on all cylinders next term.
Torpillo made it two form two since switching to Britain at Sandown on Saturday. He just jumped and galloped them into the ground, as he had on his first start there. Nothing was going to land a blow form the second last and he’s a lovely horse for now – and the future.
I can’t wait to get back on Top Notch in the 32Red Casino Chase at Kempton on Saturday. I schooled him on Thursday and he seems in really good form. I was pleased with his comeback run over hurdles at Ascot, he had a good blow afterwards and we think he’s come on for it. He’s back over fences here and taking on Charbel and Black Corton so it’s no easy task, but he seems in great order heading into it.
Lomachenko has his second run after a wind operation in the 32red.com Novices’ Hurdle. I though the did it very well at Leicester last time, he travelled and jumped well and felt very comfortable and relaxed through the race. He was another I schooled on Thursday and he was in great form. He must have a good chance.
I’m really pleased to be riding And The New for Johnny Farrelly in the Unibet Lanzarote Hurdle. We were apprentices together in Ireland and this looks a nice horse. He came forward from his reappearance to finish second at Fontwell last time and hopefully there’s more to come.
Ballykan has finished second on his last three starts and it would be nice to see him get his head in front again in the Unibet Handicap Chase. Fakenham would have been sharp enough for him on his reappearance and he goes really well around here, finishing second in last season’s Betdaq Chase.
We’re excited to have him back on decent ground on Saturday – usually he’s on a break at this time of year with the mud flying – but he’ll love this surface and looks to have a very solid chance.
I have my first ride for Ian Williams on Speed Company in the closing Unibet Handicap Hurdle. He’s still lightly-raced over hurdles and progressing with experience, running well at Doncaster last month. He’s another I’d like to think will be there or thereabouts.
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