Sarah Humphrey Racing Newsletter
We have had another very good week with The Happy Chappy following up his win at Sedgefield with a lovely win at Ludlow on Thursday. This was a step up in class and a handicap chase over 3m2f with 22 fences.
On paper it looked very competitive with a very tight betting pattern and I did wonder if it was my wisest move to declare him, but he wants good ground and we will lose that soon, so I decided to run. Aidan Coleman was on a Jonjo horse in the same race, so Nick Scholfield was back on board.
As Ludlow is a flat track and ideally THC wants a test of stamina, we decided to let the front runners go off and do the donkey work, and then to make it a test from the home turn in. Although he was only in sixth place turning in, his jumping brought him right up into the race and he overhauled the long time leader after the last fence to win by 2 lengths.
This was a serious race and the Racing Post had him as the ‘star performer of the day who won in the style of a progressive young chaser’. He will now have a quieter time whilst we see what the handicapper does to him and what the ground does. We will look out for a nice staying handicap chase, possibly the London National at Sandown. Above is THC having a lovely roll in the frost the day after!
This week sees ‘Who You For‘ returning to the track. He has had 18 months off with a slight leg injury, but has benefited from the time and come back much bigger and stronger. We are looking forward to seeing him run again and he will start off in a handicap hurdle before progressing to chasing. He has schooled very well and has just been waiting for some softer ground which is at last coming.