Pair Of Progressive Performers Emerge By Getaway
The Philip Hobbs-trained Mcnamaras Band (6g Getaway - Katies Pet, by Glacial Storm) caught the eye with the ease in which he won the maiden hurdle at Chepstow on Wednesday.
Ridden midfield of 11 by champion jockey Richard Johnson, he sauntered to the front when asked at three out and was shaken up to go clear approaching the final flight. Striding out comfortably, he scored by ten lengths as the favourite Mercy Mercy Me claimed second.
Owned by Tim Syder and Dominic Burke, Mcnamaras Band was adding to his bumper win as a four-year-old, after which he was not seen for over a year. That debut success came in the colours of Frank Jarvey, who also bred the winner out of a half-sister to top-class chaser Rince Ri.
Meanwhile, over at Haydock, Oliver Greenall’s progressive charge Miss Delighted (6m Getaway - Abhainn Ri, by Sadlers’ Hall) gained a well-deserved maiden success in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.
Second last time out, she stepped up to two miles and seven furlongs on her latest start and was ridden in a more prominent position than before by David England. Recovering from being hampered at four out, she made good headway to lead before the second last and was driven clear to win by four and a half lengths.
Her winning trainer later commented, “Miss Delighted is improving each time. She's tough and goes on any ground.” Bred by Liam O’Regan, she learnt her trade with James King, for whom she was placed twice, before being sold to current connections.