A double at Exeter on Thursday brought a welcome end to a frustrating recent run of near misses for the yard.

SWINCOMBE FLEAT set the tone with a decisive victory in a Class 4 mares’ maiden hurdle in the colours of the Yeo Racing Partnership, before DEJA VUE won a valuable qualifier for the final of the Mares’ Chase series. Both were well ridden by Aidan Coleman who has ridden plenty of winners for us over the years.

Homebred Swincombe Fleat has already won a bumper and finished fourth in a Listed race at Sandown but she has some way to go to match the feats of her dam Swincombe Flame who landed the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton and was placed at the Cheltenham Festival.

But she is proving to be a decent racemare herself and won the opening race at Exeter with authority after making much of the running. She jumped, travelled keenly and stayed on strongly to put her seal on the race by five and a half lengths from Lassue.

Swincombe Fleat is a good size, will jump a fence one day and is an obvious type for the EBF Mares’ series final at Newbury on April 2.

As a matter of interest we also train her younger full brother Firestream who should be winning soon.

I was really pleased with the way Deja Vue stretched clear of the opposition in the closing stages after being up with the leaders from the start.

She is very consistent, was second in this race to Momella twelve months ago and put her previous experience over fences to good use with a fluent round of jumping.

Deja Vue is proving to be a decent flagbearer for Axom, is at her best in really testing conditions and looks an ideal candidate for a valuable new mares handicap Chase at a Lingfield on January 23.

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