Tidal Flow will always be remembered by owners Garth and Anne Broom as their 100th winner and he could give them more to celebrate at next year’s Cheltenham Festival after maintaining his unbeaten record over hurdles at Newbury.
After making a winning debut over hurdles at Kempton last month, the Philip Hobbs-trained five-year-old accounted for some potentially useful rivals when backing it up with a length-and-three-quarters success in the Qolcom EBF Stallions “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle.
Following the race the winner was introduced at 25-1 for the Albert Bartlett and cut to the same price from 33-1 by William Hill for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle in March.
Garth Broom, who together with wife Anne own Gold Cup winner Native River, said of the 7-1 winner: “We thought it was a very hard race and I would have been happy to be in the first three or four. He seems to have improved. It’s a pity that the Challow is only a just over a week away.
“Philip did mention about going to Warwick (Leamington Novices’ Hurdle). I would have thought he will be entered in the two-and-a half-mile and three-mile novice races at Cheltenham if all keeps going well and the wheels don’t fall off.”
Nicky Henderson hinted that a step up to the top table could be on the cards for Rathhill (7-2) after he made his debut under Rules a winning one in the Equine Productions Maiden Hurdle.
Henderson said: “I was impressed as he has done the job right. He has always looked the part. He has got a great temperament and attitude to life.
“Yes, he is a point-to-pointer but he has got lots of gears and two miles is fine for the time being.
“We came here a week earlier than I intended to give him a bit more time if he did do it well to then take him into the (Grade One) Tolworth which is probably what we are thinking about.”
Our Power earned a quote of 33-1 for the JCB Triumph Hurdle with Paddy Power after claiming a six-length success in the St James’s Place Juvenile Hurdle to initiate a double for trainer Alan King and jockey Wayne Hutchinson.
The Barbury Castle handler said: “I think he is a better horse this way (left) round. At Exeter he went a bit left at the first. We’ve done a lot of schooling since. He probably just outstayed the other horse (Style De Vole). He is back on track.
“We might look at going to Cheltenham at the end of January. The Finale comes to soon and Wayne (Hutchinson) said he would not want it much softer than today.”
There was an added celebration for the connections of Chosen Path (9-2) after he completed doubles for both King and Hutchinson with a neck success in the Prodec Networks Chase to follow in the hoofprints of stablemate Dingo Dollar who claimed the prize 12 months ago.
King said: “He jumped really well even when he went in tight. We took him to Plumpton and it was much shorter than today and the ground was quicker and it just all happened a bit quick for him. That was probably as soft as he wants it.
“One of the owners sponsors the race and I asked if he felt guilty about taking his own money but I don’t think they do!
“There is a novice handicap at Cheltenham at the end of January that we won with Bless The Wings many years ago which we could go for.”