Redbridge Rambler WINS at Ascot

We were all absolutely thrilled with Redbridge Rambler’s win at Ascot yesterday for David Maughan given a brilliant ride from Sean Bowen. He’s a horse I’ve always liked and he reveled in the step up in trip (as work rider Warren Marston was convinced he needed). He jumped for fun and absolutely bounced off the good ground and celebrations no doubt continued into the night with David, wife Lorraine and his great friends Jim & Chris Lynch all staying near Ascot overnight. Their trip back home to the North today may have been a little slower than Redbridge Rambler!

What it means to have a winner at Ascot!

Back On The Lash hasn’t been the same horse that he was before the Grand National and it often can take a bit out of them/knock their confidence. Only his 3rd run since and, despite having his ground for the first time, he didn’t have a cut at his fences at all. Sean remains convinced it’s just a confidence issue though and, despite a few erratic jumps, was determined to keep him going as he says the engine is still very much there. We’ll do even more schooling (he’s not one we school much as he has always been so good) but we’ll do plenty and then return him to somewhere like Ludlow which we know he loves as he’s unbeaten around there and that will no doubt tell us a lot. Both horses 100% today.

Samtara ran a cracker today in ground much softer than ideal. Harry Atkins got him jumping well but possibly the leader and him just took eachother on a bit too much and finished very tired. He definitely retains his ability though and I was thrilled with his jumping.

I was also thrilled with Robsam who finished 3rd last week at Chepstow after over 1000 days off the track following a leg injury. He jumped around Chepstow like an old handicapper despite it being his chasing debut – you’d never have known. He didn’t deserve to be beaten but showed a lot of heart to finish a very good 3rd. Sean jumped off him but he trotted up all but sound the next day and it would be fabulous to lose his maiden tag next time … but he’ll be given plenty of time to recover from that run. Thrilled for his owner Matt Capp who has to be one of the most patient owners around and both him and Robsam himself deserve a number 1 by his name.

Saturday took us point to pointing to Larkhill where Freddie and Mr Mafia had a fabulous time in the Novice Riders’ Race. They tried to make all the running and Mafia jumped for fun giving Freddie such an education around a big galloping course and they were only headed 2 out and, despite jumping the last in 3rd, just got run out of the placings towards the line to finish 5th. A super run though and a huge well done to Hugh Lillingston, son of Bloodstock Agent Luke, who rode the winner on what was his first ever ride.

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