CLONDAW CAITLIN developed into a useful hurdler for Ruth Jefferson last season, winning all three starts, including the Grade 2 Premier Novices’ Hurdle at Kelso.
Off the tracks for eight months subsequently, she made her chasing debut at Cheltenham on Friday and very much caught the eye in third, albeit finishing more than 16 lengths behind the winner Galvin. Dropped out in the early stages, she kept on well in the straight but could never get on terms, facing an impossible task from her position given how things developed.
She’s every inch a chaser on looks and should prove capable of taking a big step forward with the experience under her belt. There are some good races to be won with her over fences this winter, including when back against her own sex.
A competitive handicap hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday became a two-horse race in the blink of an eye, Tegerek and One True King were pretty much the only runners not to be impacted by the simultaneous falls of Sternrubin and Clemencia at the second-last.
Of the rest, ASHINGTON can certainly have his effort marked up after he emerged as the best of those caught up in the melee. He still hadn’t been asked for his effort when he was badly hampered, doing well after that incident to recover and finish as close as he did to the front pair (beaten 13 lengths).
This was just his third start in a handicap, and he certainly showed enough to suggest he is on a workable mark. His Flat form and style of racing suggest that a sharper track may play more to his strengths, too.
Tegerek and Kevin Brogan winning at @CheltenhamRaces today.
Good to see both horses and jockeys get up ok 👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/LfaMDz4cQS
— Jonjo O’Neill (@JonjoONeill) October 23, 2020
Frodon produced a top-class weight-carrying performance at Cheltenham on Saturday, recording a sixth career victory at the track in trademark fashion.
With so much attention on the popular winner in the aftermath, the effort of SENSULANO might have gone under the radar, but she shaped well enough back in fifth to suggest there’ll be other days with her. She travelled strongly on her first start for seven months but didn’t seem to get home over the longest trip she has encountered to date, quickly weakening after three out.
She stays three miles, but it’s worth pointing out that all five of her previous wins over obstacles have come at around two and a half. Still relatively unexposed as a chaser, she was badly hampered on her only previous start in a handicap and hasn’t yet had the chance to show what she can do under the right conditions.
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