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The stylish success of Boothill at Ascot on Saturday came as  welcome tonic for my wife Ciara who is recovering at home from serious injuries sustained in a kick from a horse almost four weeks ago.
Ciara is a huge part of everything we do at Higher Crockermoor and Boothill is one of her favourite horses.

So I am delighted for her more than anything at the manner of his victory in the £100,000 Byrne Group Handicap Chase in the colours of Brian and Sandy Lambert.
He was given a fine, patient ride by Johnny Burke who bided his time before making his move turning for home.

Boothill eased to the front going to the last fence where he produced a fantastic leap on his way to a highly impressive victory by four lengths from First Flow.
It is always nice when a plan comes off and the really strong gallop certainly played to his strengths.
Boothill has won two valuable handicaps at Ascot plus a Grade 2 Novice Chase at Kempton last season.

We have a nice dilemma now having to choose between another handicap back at Ascot towards the end of the month or maybe letting him step up in grade.

Altobelli ended a rewarding day for the team with a pleasing run into second place in a competitive £32,000 two mile handicap hurdle despite being a bit fresh. His jumping was an improvement on last season and he is likely be returning to Ascot for the valuable Betfair Handicap Hurdle shortly before Christmas.

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