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Boothill and Might I delivered a classy  double for the team on Thursday 10 December. Both are lovely young horses with big futures.
First up was Boothill in a division of the two mile novice hurdle at Taunton. I had hoped to give him his first hurdles start at Exeter last week but pulled him out when the ground turned heavy.
A fine, big type by Presenting, he is a gorgeous stamp of a horse and the form of his bumper success at Kempton in February could hardly have worked out better. He certainly looked the part at Taunton, travelling easily behind the leaders and jumping well before seizing the initiative going to the second last which he winged like a seasoned handicapper.
Boothill then readily drew clear with Sean Bowen sensibly pushing him out to the line to educate him. He does everything so easily at home, has bags of speed, and it was a relief to see him confirm the impression of his Kempton triumph.
I’ll see how he comes out of the race before making firm plans but one option would be the novice hurdle at Kempton’s Christmas meeting that we won with If The Cap Fits a few years ago.
Our focus then switched to Warwick for a competitive looking 18 runner bumper which was won with authority by our newcomer Might I in the colours of my wife Ciara who is such a key part of the team. He was well ridden by Lorcan Murtagh who was gaining his first victory for us since joining the yard as our conditional six weeks ago.
Might I is a nice, scopey four year old by Fame and Glory and was bought eighteen months from Bryan Murphy who for many years has combined breeding and sourcing young horses with running the Dunraven Arms at Adare not far from Limerick.
We would have been delighted to see Might I finish in the first four given that several fancied contenders had already shown decent form so for him to win as he did was highly encouraging.
He travelled beautifully through the race just off the pace before natural exuberance took him to the front on the final turn which was probably sooner than ideal. Yet despite having a good look around in the home straight he kept on willingly to see off the challenge of Fine Casting. It was a perfect start by a horse that is now on the market to stay in the yard. Whoever buys him will have an exciting prospect on their hands.
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