HOPING HARGAM CAN PROGRESS FOLLOWING KEMPTON WIN
It’s great that the winter season is getting going now, and last week wasn’t a bad week. As I mentioned briefly on Friday, I was happy with HARGAM ATR Tracker in the listed hurdle at Kempton last Sunday.
He did well to win. I had to get after him early enough, but he battled well. He jumped the last well and he kept going up the run-in to get home by a neck from Court Minstrel.
He isn’t showing the same sparkle that he showed as a juvenile, or even early last season, but it was his first win in a while, sine he won the Scottish Triumph Hurdle at Musselburgh as a juvenile, so it was good for him to get his head in front again.
Also, it was just his second run back, and it was a step up on his first run back in the Istabraq Hurdle on soft ground at Tipperary. Hopefully he can continue to improve as the season develops.
MOVEWITHTHETIMES ATR Tracker won a novices’ hurdle nicely at Fontwell on Wednesday. I’d say that it was a smart enough novices' hurdle, and he travelled well for me. His jumping was good for his first run over hurdles, and he won nicely. I couldn’t have been happier with him.
He won his bumper at Wincanton last April on his only previous run, so he is unbeaten now in two runs. We will know a lot more about him when he steps up in grade, but he is a big horse who has lots of scope. He has plenty of potential.
HAWKHURST ATR Tracker didn’t run badly either in finishing third in the two-mile-five-furlong handicap hurdle on the day. He has plenty of stamina, he won his only point-to-point, and he stayed on well at the end. It was his first run since he fell at the final flight when beaten in a maiden hurdle at Ffos Las last March, so hopefully he can build on it.
I’DLIKETHEOPTION ATR Tracker was also good in winning the two-mile novices’ handicap chase at Ludlow on Thursday. It was the first time that I had ridden him in a chase, and he rubbed a couple of fences early on. It is just taking him a little time to get the hang of it.
But the further he went the better he got, we hit the front at the last and he picked up nicely from there. It may not have been a great race, but it was nice to win it, and he should come on for it. That was just his third chase, so he should continue to progress as he gains in experience.
His jumping wasn’t bad, he just dived a little at one and he made a mistake at the last, but I’d say the winner had our measure at the time anyway. I’d say the winner is talented, and my fellow kept on well for second. He should be able to build on this.