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Phoenix Way made the perfect start to his chasing career with an impressive victory against two decent rivals at Warwick on Wednesday, 18 November.
On his first start for almost 300 days he was given a lovely, patient ride by Aidan Coleman who settled him into a rhythm in third place as the other pair duelled for the lead.
It was great to see Phoenix Way jumping soundly before moving into contention turning for home, then winging the last fence and quickening smartly to catch Stratagem close home in a race that carried a first prize of almost £10,000.
You couldn’t ask for more from a first start over fences over a trip of two miles which is short of his best given that he has already won over three miles.
There is hopefully plenty more to come from Phoenix Way who is lightly raced and ran only once last season with a cosy success at Huntingdon that qualified him for the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham.
He was one of the leading fancies for that race until being ruled out with a fibrillating heart on the eve of the Festival.
Happily he made a full recovery and given the style of his success on Wednesday he looks to have an decent future as a chaser. I’ll see how he comes out of the race being talking about plans with Frank Berry, racing manager for his owner JP McManus.
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