AN ACROSS THE CARD DOUBLE AT AINTREE AND FFOS LAS
With the ground beginning to ease around the country we enjoyed a double on Sunday with How’s The Cricket winning handsomely on his debut over fences at Ffos Las before Credrojava landed a competitive mares’ bumper at Aintree.
How’s The Cricket jumped soundly the whole way in a two and a half mile handicap and was left clear when the only danger departed at the second last.
I’d always felt he could be progressive once switched to fences and we also gave him a wind op after he was disqualified after winning on his return from a long break at Newton Abbot in the spring.
Hopefully he is the right type to go through the ranks as a chaser in the months ahead.
At Aintree twelve year old Sir Ivan ran his usual solid race in finishing third in the Veterans Handicap Chase. While he is still full of enthusiasm this is likely to be his final campaign. He has given the Eyre family no end of fun over the years, has won six times and finished in the money twenty four times in forty three starts.
Credrojava is at the other end of the rainbow having joined us after making a successful debut in an Irish Point-to-Point in February.
An exciting, attractive, well bred mare who likes to get on with things she was in front turning for home at Aintree and found more in the closing stages to hold off the late challenge of Ruby Island by half a length. It was a highly pleasing debut for us by Credrojava who has settled nicely into our routine for her new owners.
She has always schooled well at home so we now have the choice of switching her to hurdles or running her once more in a Listed bumper at either Cheltenham or Huntingdon.