AT THE DOUBLE ON SATURDAY.. . . . .

An across the card double completed a busy day for our team on Saturday.

First to strike at Fontwell was Windance who came from an unpromising position at the final hurdle to snatch the verdict in a photo finish in the long distance handicap hurdle.

Our exciting Irish recruit Kilbeg King then won the last race of the day with an impressive debut in this country in the bumper at Uttoxeter.

Windance was turning out again only five days after his maiden success at Taunton. He travelled strongly throughout but significant mistakes at the third last and second last flights allowed the leader The Tin Miner to jump the last four lengths close.

But Rex Dingle never gave up trying and Windance rallied so strongly that he edged ahead in the final two strides.

I’m so pleased he has won twice in double quick time but he had quite a hard race at Fontwell so I’ll give him an easy time now and maybe looked at a maiden hurdle for him early in the new season if the ground is still safe by then.

At Uttoxeter Kilbeg King won in great style on his first start since we paid £45,000 for him at the Cheltenham sale transferred to Newmarket shortly after he won a point to point in Ireland for Colin Bowe late in November.

He soon settled in at Potwell and had worked nicely on an away day recently. We have decided to give Aintree a miss with Kilbeg King but will keep him ticking over at home while getting to know him better.

He is owned by the trio of Martyn Chapman, Eric Jones and Howard Kingston who had the misfortune to lose a lovely young prospect Oscar Martini with a fatal injury earlier in the season.

They decided to get involved with another horse and they money they spent on Kilbeg King certainly looks well spent.

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