Drogo delivers at Ascot
My Drogo cut the price in half for the Cheltenham Festival when it finally won a formidable winner of the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices hurdle at Ascot.
As the winner last time at Newbury, that feat was riddled with jumping errors, but the Dan Skelton-trained winner was far smarter on the occasion.
But he struggled for victory as Tom Symonds-trained Llandinabo Lad tried to see them all from the front under a £ 5 penalty – and it wasn't until after the last that My Drogo (9-1) cleared two and three quarters of lengths .
"I was really impressed, the second is really good at that – I know he gave away a penalty, but I was really impressed with our horse and how much he improved in jumping," Skelton told ITV Racing.
"We had practiced a lot at home, but before Newbury we couldn't get him to make a mistake. We were surprised how he jumped that day because he was moderate.
"He's got class bundles, he's spent all of last year with Polly Gundry and never ran into a point because of Covid, but the extra year gave him such a chance because he's much more mature.
"I'll talk to the owners and work out the best route, but Cheltenham has never been the be-all and end-all for him this year because he's a chaser every inch."
Whenever the mud flies, you can be confident that horses trained by Venetia Williams are in the mix and the Herefordshire trainer has been with Enzo D & # 39; Airy at Sky Bet Extra Places Every Day Novices & # 39; Limited Handicap Chase on track.
Victorious rider Charlie Deutsch said, "I thought I might have trouble catching the front one, but I was confident that my boy would keep going and that he would have to be a good horse to get home if he did this on this one Ground would have traveled. "
"It turned out he was folding the front and my boy was picking up the pieces. He didn't show anything over the hurdles but he jumped brilliantly today.
"You are never afraid of the rain when you ride for Venetia. I love riding these chasers on real winter terrain."
Richard Johnson continued in good shape with victory on board Everglow (5-6 favorites) for his boss Philip Hobbs in the Sky Bet Money Back As Cash Maiden Hurdle.
"He jumped and did well through the race. I ran on him on the last day but he was green on his own so I wanted to get a head start," said Johnson.
"We drove very slowly, so I ended up in the front, but he had pricked up his ears and was looking at everything.
"It's nice to put your head forward when he comes across some good horses on the way."