Peter Naughton has more horses to add to your My Stable tracker including an exciting novice hurdle prospect for Colin Tizzard.
Faustinovick ran a highly satisfactory race on reappearance when second to market rival Glenduff in the 2m4f novices' hurdle at Carlisle. I interviewed Colin Tizzard's son and assistant Joe on Racing TV afterwards and he revealed: "We were very pleased with his performance. He's still learning and still a big, raw horse, who can only improve.
"He shouldn't have been so short in the betting (odds-on) but will remain over hurdles this season and compete at the Festivals. Whether he's good enough to win at those big fixtures is a moot point but the experience will stand him in good stead before his chasing career."
The runner-up in Andy Defresne's point-to-point, this fine gelding impressed in the paddock and his sire Black Sam Bellamy produces horses that improve with age and experience. Faustinovick made a very pleasing Rules debut when second to subsequent Aintree F|estival winner McFabulous and remains very exciting.
Paul Nicholls knows it's very early days in the National Hunt season and many of his horses are benefiting from a run.
The multiple champion revealed last Tuesday that Eason would also be sharper for his outing in the maiden hurdle over an extended 2m3f at Chepstow. The lightly raced five-year-old hadn't raced since finishing fifth in a Listed bumper at Market Rasen in March but he was clearly suited by this step up in trip.
Held up in touch, the gelding hung left and was outpaced three-out but ran on approaching the last and moved into second near the finish. A winner of a bumper on good ground here on debut, he won't hit a flat spot again, especially over further.
Mr Scrumpy landed a punt in the 2m3f handicap hurdle at Wetherby on Saturday.
Jedd O'Keeffe's unexposed five-year-old was stepping up in trip and traveled like a seriously well handicapped horse. The son of Passing Glance was held up in touch, chased the leaders before three-out and found plenty when pressed by several rivals after two-out. Keeping on strongly, he recorded a four-length victory but started handicapping off just 116, so there is scope for improvement, especially over similar trips.
From the same stable, Isola Bella May drops back to 6f at Doncaster on Saturday. She made a very pleasing start to her career when third against her own gender in a maiden over an extended 1m at Nottingham last month.
O'Keeffe's filly cost 21,000 guineas as a foal and is a half-sister to 2m winner Waiting For Richie and the dam, who won over 1m4f, is a half-sister to 7f two-year-old Group Three winner Multiplex and 1m6f Group Three winner Memorise. There is so much progression to come, especially when up in trip but Isola Bella May doesn't lack gears as she traveled particularly well last time.
Her trainer's record with two-year-olds this year prior to that race was 2-28, so expect improvement from this daughter of Free Eagle, especially in the longer term.
Across the card, Tease Maid should benefit from a step up to 7f at Southwell. John Quinn's filly ran into a good winning favourite when a close second to Queen Of Kalahari over 6f here last month.
The in-form winner was completing a hat-trick and made all but Tease Maid was outpaced towards rear on a surface/track which favours prominent racers. Making headway over two-out, the runner-up chased the winner and kept on well under pressure to come clear of the remainder of the field. The extra furlong here will be very handy.
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