Weekend Review of Racing

Blaklion obliged up the Cheltenham hill on his second attempt, after being beaten into second by Parlour Games last time out. The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained five year old proved himself a force to be reckoned with, asserting respect with the way he went about his business. Jamie Moore was due to ride, but took a fall on No Buts & was stood down by the on course doctor. Ryan Hatch was given the ride by Nigel Twiston-Davies & didn't put a foot wrong. Parish Business made the running & contested a fair way out under Aiden Coleman but faded to finish fourth. 33/1 shot Anteros took second spot beating Favourite, Port Melon by three & a half lengths. Blaklion had gone clear by seven lengths approaching the last & breezed over to win like an odds-on shot, putting an impressive 11 lengths under his belt. Nigel hinted of Blaklion's path, "The Albert Bartlett will be the aim with him, but we'll see how he is after this and look at what there is for him to decide if he runs before then."

Peace & Co trained by Nicky Henderson made a 19 length mockery of his opposition at Doncaster for his British debut. Daryl Jacob took the honours & had to work hard to restrain Peace and Co who ran with an earnest attitude, which is about where the work stopped for Jacob. A slick round of jumping, without error makes Nicky Henderson's French import a very interesting addition to this seasons jumping prospects. "He feels a bit special" Daryl Jacob was fooling no one with his comments after the race.

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