Yesterday’s trial for this race has proved most reliable in the past which makes the last flight faller and moral winner Sea of Thunder a very good bet at 16s. Trainer confirms this is his target whereas Simonsig, by all reports is due to miss it and Fingal Bay seems more likely to turn up in the Neptune.
Here’s the Racing Post’s summary of yesterday’s race.
This Grade 2 has had an important bearing on the Albert Bartlett (Spa) Novice Hurdle over C&D at the festival. Black Jack Ketchum and Nenuphar Collonges won both races, while Brewster and Mossley won this and were placed in March. Another well-known winner, Iris´s Gift, was runner-up in the World Hurdle later in the season in the days when there was no 3m novice at the festival.
This looked a reasonable edition on paper. The pace lifted on the second circuit and there was drama at the final flight.
Sea Of Thunder had taken up the running on the home turn moving well and was in the process of drawing clear when he stepped into the last and came down. It was a horrible fall, but thankfully he got up from it. Previously unraced beyond 2m2f under rules, this half-brother to the high-class hurdler Macs Joy had won two point-to-points in Ireland and obviously has plenty of stamina. The moral winner, he paid a compliment to the Charlie Longsdon-trained Hazy Tom, who beat him easily at Wetherby last month, albeit over 2m. If he´s none the worse he deserves a place on the shortlist for the Albert Bartlett proper.