LASKADINE WILL LEARN PLENTY FROM WARWICK WIN
After a longer-than-expected absence from the saddle, it has been great to get back in racecourse action in the last few days.
The highlight of those few days was the win of the Nicky Henderson-trained LASKADINE in the juvenile hurdle at Warwick on Monday.
She arrived to Nicky’s having already made a winning hurdling debut in a Listed juvenile hurdle in France that has been working out well, so expectations were high for her. She was quite workmanlike in victory, but I do think there is plenty of scope for improvement.
I wanted to teach her as much as I could along the way and I’d say she’ll learn plenty from it. She was a little bit keen, but I’d always rather a good horse take you on a little bit rather than being behind the bridle. Her jumping will need to improve a bit, but I think it will.
While she won’t have won any prizes for visual impression, I’d be very hopeful she can come forward with that experience under her belt. She’s with the right man to bring her on.
Take nothing away from the winner, who did everything right on the day, but I thought I had her in between the third-last and second-last fences, she just found more and went away from me again.
We beat everything that looked a danger to us on paper, so maybe Castafiore has just found a heap of improvement from somewhere and will prove to be a very good mare going forward, but it was hard not to come away from it a bit disappointed on the day.
I wouldn’t like to make any excuses for Jerrysback, she was just too good for him on Saturday.
Away from my own rides, the highlight of the weekend was obviously Altior in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot. He is different class.
He’s a joy to watch and I’m sure he’s a joy to ride. He is so uncomplicated, he has as much pace as you’d ever need, he is just the ultimate professional.
People were talking about him jumping left, but he isn’t a front runner and it isn’t unusual for horses to favour one side when in front when they prefer having a target in front of them.
I can’t imagine he’ll have any issues when he’s back in a more competitive race. He is poetry in motion.