Preseli Star (5g Scorpion-Horner Hill, by Oscar) may not have faced huge opposition on his debut in a Wincanton bumper on Sunday but he could have scarcely scored more easily.
The son of Scorpion, bred by Mrs J W Prior-Wandesforde, won the race by 24 lengths to bring a quick double for his sire. Scorpion was also responsible for Saturday’s Bangor bumper winner Monkhouse (5g Scorpion-Gold Shot, by Polish Precedent).
Trainer George Baker has high hopes for Preseli Star. “An exciting horse,” stated Baker on his blog. “He won in a hack canter, which will have done him no harm at all. He’s a horse who carries a few dreams. An exciting horse for sure, but he needs time and a sunny paddock will be his next stop.”
Meanwhile, Monkhouse is also heading for a summer break with high hopes resting on his shoulders.
“He held on by three-quarters of a length having taken on the leader nearly six furlongs from home,” commented Bailey. “That’s hard to do on a young horse who was green or inexperienced in front.
“Virginia Johnson bought this stunning future staying hurdler/chaser after his good second at Huntingdon; he will now be schooled over hurdles and then he will head out to grass for his summer holidays.”