Misu Pete ran well at Wolverhampton Saturday evening to be beaten just a little over three lengths; truth to tell the extended mile might stretch his stamina and we will probably look to come back slightly in trip with him.
The ground at Plumpton this pm is likely to be desperate and not quite what we wanted for Shufoog; she will have an opportunity and be of interest in Novice Handicaps once we can get her a mark.
Cheltenham, Aintree and the Punchestown Fesitval that between them make up the NH Spring Championships beckon. With an eye going forward yesterday at Punchestown what was almost certainly the best Hunter Chase of the Year, at least so far, might have been run;and won by the 2016 Grand National fourth, Gilgamboa, under a polished ride from Nina Carbury. But it was the performance of the second, a just turned seven year old Scorpion gelding, Burning Ambition, who led going to the last just finding the classy and experienced J P McManus owned winner too strong on the run in that represents the future. Burning Ambition is a seriously promising horse who had won four Points and a Limerick Hunter Chase in less than a canter and he is a name to follow; he is likely to run in the Cheltenham Foxhunters and could switch to Rules in the Autumn. In giving Burning Ambition seven pounds and getting on top close home Gilgamboa showed he is close to being as good as he ever was and the Aintree Foxhunters over the Grand National fences will need some serious opposition to cope with him if he gets to Aintree in the same nick as yesterday.