A strong pace should suit Jennie Candlish’s charge
26 October 2016
I was surprised and delighted to see Al Destoor remain on a mark of 82 after chasing home the well-handicapped Bahama Moon at Pontefract last week.
The front two pulled well clear having traveled powerfully throughout and the well-treated runner-up was entered over 1m2f at Newmarket on Friday; a strong pace would have made Jennie Candlish's charge tough to beat – look out for him when he pops up in a similar contest.
There were a couple of additions for your notebooks account last week.
Ballinure remains unexposed after defeat in the extended 2m5f handicap hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday. Nicky Henderson's six-year-old raced in mid-division before making headway three-out. He was third approaching the last and he made no impression on the leaders but there should be plenty of progression this term.
This was stiffer company than the runners he faced off a 5lb lower mark at Newton Abbot, but this was not a bad effort and a step up in trip is surely going to help.
In the evening, Draw Swords was left with plenty to do turning for home in the extended 1m1f maiden at Wolverhampton.
John Gosden's unexposed Dansili colt raced towards the rear of the field but could not gain a clear run as the leaders quickened in the short home straight.
Ridden to press favourite Whip Nae Nae, the juvenile failed by a nose but would have won in another stride.
He can progress in handicaps but could also win a maiden.