It was a really telling performance from Bristol De Mai at Haydock last Saturday. By half-way, there was only going to be one winner – the race was effectively over so long as Bristol De Mai didn’t fall over. He had them all beaten, completely out of their comfort-zone.
He’s a six-year-old who I may have underestimated, but he’s improved a hell of a lot. You would imagine there’s room for plenty more of that – and there will have to be. He’s certainly going in the right direction and may well be good value for the King George.
He needs to prove he doesn’t need heavy ground to beat the best. He has an unbelievable way of handling that type of ground, but it’ll be interesting to see if he’s as good on the dry. This is a horse with unbelievable stamina.
There was an air of superiority about Min’s performance at Gowran Park. The way he went about it was impressive. You could see Paul Townend trying to slow him down after the race was over, but Min just wanted to keep going. I was delighted with the way it went, especially how he powered through the line. There was so much to like about it.
Samcro had a lot to lose, and little to gain.
All he could do was win that Novice Hurdle at Navan, as people expected from him. But the way he did it was effortless. The way he jumped, the way he went to the line – everything was easy. As it should be for him.
He’s a horse with a huge future. He makes everything look so simple: a real gent of a horse.
It didn’t really work out for Acapella Bourgeois. He missed the ditch, and then took a fairly simple fall. He just overjumped and seemed to stumble. But he got up, and Paul got up, which is the main thing. He did fall in his first start last year, and then went on to have a great season. So hopefully he’ll do the same again.
But I was very taken with the winner of this race, Mala Beach – it was a very impressive performance.
It was great to see Al Boum Photo win the way he did. The further he went, the better he jumped, and the most impressive part of his performance was at the last from home, when he stretched out and galloped away from the rest to the winning post.