HATOS delivered our fourth winner of the week with a professional debut over hurdles in the 2nd division of the Play Coral Racing Super Series For Free Maiden Hurdle in deep ground at Chepstow on Thursday. (Watch Hatos race here)
With Marco Island running a fine race to be second to a more experienced type in the other division we have two lovely young horses on our hands for the future.
Hatos has certainly progressed since finishing third behind Marco Island when they both ran in a bumper at Chepstow just over a month ago.
He jumped well in the colours of the Hats Off To Hatos syndicate, was always handy and when he got into a battle late on I really liked the way he buckled down to see off the persistent challenge of the joint favourite Drenagh.
While Hatos appreciates the prevailing ground conditions I’m not in a rush to run him again quickly. I’ll see how he comes out of the race, keep him ticking over and try to find a novice hurdle for him under a penalty in a month’s time.
Marco Island ran a race full of promise and already shapes as though he will develop into a useful chaser. It was the first time he had seen so much daylight and though his jumping was a little novicey I was pleased with the way he kept on willingly behind Git Maker who was sold for £105,000 after winning a point-to-point in May.
I’m relieved to say that Le Coeur Net seems fine after taking a heavy fall three fences from home in the two mile handicap Chase.
He has won six races for us and though he is out of form at the moment I’m hopeful that he can bounce later in the season.