Stuart Edmunds believes he could have a decent jumping prospect in Rowland Ward, thanks to his victory at Kempton over Christmas.
The three-year-old had fallen at the second-last flight on his hurdling debut at Warwick, but showed no ill effects from that experience as he stayed on strongly to open his account by a length and three-quarters from Thyme White.
Rowland Ward could turn out to be a shrewd purchase, having been bought by Oaklands Racing and Bloodstock out of Ralph Beckett’s stable for 75,000 guineas at Tattersalls Autumn Sales.
“I think he’s quite a nice horse. He was quite nicely rated on the Flat,” said Edmunds.
“The owner gave a few quid for him and he did it well. He was unlucky to fall at Warwick the first time, to be honest, when he was running a nice race.
“He travelled nicely and did everything right. He’ll be fine.”
Edmunds did have a disappointment over the festive period with Now McGinty, who did not fire in the Coral Welsh Grand National.
The eight-year-old was never going and trailed home in ninth place behind Potters Corner when sent off 7-1 second-favourite for the Chepstow marathon, on the back of running Santini close at Sandown on his seasonal reappearance.
“Touch wood, he seems fine,” said Edmunds.
“For whatever reason he didn’t travel. I’m not sure why, maybe because he didn’t get his own way.
“He didn’t have a terribly hard race because he didn’t go that well.
“I’m just going to make sure he’s all right this week then I’ll have a look from there.”