A Winner on Boxing Day and ATTEST is Back on the Podium
On Boxing Day PETTICOAT TAILS gave us one last Christmas Present by winning the Mares’ Novice Hurdle at Wetherby. She was ridden by Richard Johnson in the 2m3f contest and tracked the leaders until they took the lead three out. She stayed on gamely and came home in front. This was her second start over hurdles and her first win after being victorious in two bumpers last year, and being third in the Grade 2 Mares’ bumper at Aintree last April. She is an incredibly consistent horse who obviously relishes soft ground. With the torrid weather over the last few weeks and upcoming forecasts, she will be firing on all cylinders at the right time of year. We will look to run her again under a penalty and find somewhere with lots of mud and no doubt the ‘Wynnstay Wanderers’ will have some great times to come with this wonderful mare.
Yesterday ATTEST once again came home in front, this time in the 2m Handicap Hurdle at Taunton. This was the fourth win for us over obstacles and they have all been in the hands of Harry Bannister. These two seem to get along very well; this partnership also won three on the bounce together last year. ATTEST started life on the flat and was then moved to our yard in 2016. This November we decided to run him on the flat once more at Nottingham to give him a pipe-opener and to get some speed into him. He ran a blinder there coming second out of eleven under Adam Elias. At Taunton he was ridden handily and then galloped like a bull and took the lead two out. He stayed on strongly until the finish to win comfortably for his partnership, Bolingbroke Bartram Flatt Molony Sutton. He will most probably run in another handicap if his mark is not raised too much.
Although MULCAHYS HILL did not win yesterday he most definitely needs a huge amount of credit for his fantastically heroic run in Saturday’s Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury. He chased the leaders under Adrian Heskin until they kicked for home just before three out. MULCAHYS HILL looked to power through the testing conditions. He was then caught up by Poetic Rythm of Fergal O’Brien at two out and these two battled in an intense showdown over the last and in the run in. MULCAHYS HILL looked to have used up all his energy until the final furlong when he found another burst and came back at the winner closing him down on the line and to only lose by a shoulder. The two leaders finished 23 lengths clear of anything else in the field. Even though he did not win we are thrilled for his loyal owners ‘The McNeill Family and Prodec Networks Ltd’ and MULCAHYS HILL has certainly put himself into the top squad in the yard.