Fire Away continues to improve and won his fourth race over fences for the yard under another very good ride from top jockey Adam Wedge
FIRE AWAY has been in cracking form since the start of spring, winning three times over fences before today and rising 31lb in the handicap. It looked like his progression had stalled when beaten 8l off this mark two starts ago before beaten in a novice hurdle last time. However, he has found another chunk of improvement to comprehensively beat a decent field here and this has shown that he can do it on a sound surface too. He can aim at some nice prizes over the next few months is kept on the go.
First half of a Cartmel double for the yard, Gentle Jolie defied her 7lb penalty with some ease in the capable hands of Adam Wedge
GENTLE JOLIE likely didn't need to improve much to defy a penalty for Hexham but did at least knuckle down well when challenged by the runner-up late on. Tougher tests await but a greater stamina test than this promises to bring about some improvement.
Adam Wedge sat tight as Thomas Todd ploughed through the last fence on his way to another Fakenham victory. He still seems to be improving at 11 years of age !
THOMAS TODD up 7lb for his Perth success, travelled strongly and never really looked in any trouble, although having to survive a scare at the last, to run out a fairly comfortable winner. He has an enviable record at the track and, for an 11yo, still looks to have more to offer. However, life will become tougher once the handicapper has his say but he should continue to make his presence felt with conditions to suit.
Winning Irish point to pointer Bold Endeavour made a spectacular debut in the bumper at Sedgefield , winning very easily under a confident ride from Adam Wedge. A horse with a bright future.
BOLD ENDEAVOUR made a winning debut in an Irish point-to-point in September, beating a subsequent scorer, and changed hands for 190,000GBP afterwards. Hooded for this rules debut, this nice individual ran on strongly and looks a pretty decent recruit. He won't mind it softer. Laura Morgan has won with three of her last five runners
Stepped up to three miles for the first time, Licklighter put in an impressive performance to win under Brian Hughes. A welcome win for loyal owner Paul Read who has had horses with Laura from the start of her training career.
LICKLIGHTER proved suited by this step up in trip. Always travelling with purpose down the inside, he was held onto as long as possible by his rider and fairly sprinted clear when given the office after two out. He will get a fair whack in the weights for this but surely has more to give over marathon trips on summer ground.
Gentle Jolie, making her debut for the yard was a game winner on her first outing over hurdles. It was also a winner on his first ride for the yard for Tommy Dowson.
GENTLE JOLIE, runner-up in the second of two Irish points, looked booked for second on her hurdling debut but was handed a chance when the hot favourite began to falter. Her stamina kicked in on the run-in, strongly suggesting that longer distances will be more her thing in the future.