Jonjo Jr Has The X Factor
It may be the time of year when Simon Cowell persuades the dwindling viewers with more money than sense to vote on his continuasly tacky talent shows but hitting the right notes at Carlisle this afternoon was Jonjo O’Neill Jr as he gave a fantastic ride to the 7yo Pop Rockstar when landing the afternoon’s feature three mile steeplechase.
What looked a competitive race paper proved to be just so with the eight runners who went to post all holding some semblance of a chance with a mile to travel but Jonjo Jr kept his cards his chest and led over the last from Irish raider Aasleagh Dawn who ran a very honest race to the end.
Still a 7yo Pop Rockstar was making only his seventh start over fences and going in off 130 certainly gives his dad a headache as he is clearly improving but now wether he goes for another race or saves him for the Challenger Finals in April and in the meantime run him off his hurdles mark of 120?
Frank Does It His Way
Lucinda Russell’s journey back up to Kinross will have been much quicker after saddling a double on the day, Methodtothemadness landed one of the novice hurdles but Le Frank was in top form as he took the two mile handicap chase.
Twelve went to post in a race which was ran at a decent clip but it can often pay to hold up around here and Blair Campbell (3) got the tactics spot on to run away picking up prize money just shy of five thousand pounds.
Relatively lightly raced for a 7yo he will certainly be aimed for the Northern Lights Two Mile Chase final at Kelso in March and he will have a live chance should he be kept sound come spring time.
Iolani Teaches Them A Lesson
Local winners are always welcome to any racecourse and Penrith based Dianne Sayer left Carlisle with a beaming smile as Iolani stayed on in determined fashion when picking up one of the divisions of the 2m4f handicap hurdle under improving conditional Danny McMenemin.
A three time winner in October last season this is clearly his time of year so it could be a case of striking while the iron is still hot and get him turned out again before the end of the month, he came here fit from a couple of runs on the flat making light of his mark of 108, back in second place came Romeo Brown who was staying on making rapid progress towards the finish, he has a good future ahead of him as the season goes on.
A decent afternoon at Carlisle and despite the early start a good sized crowd turned up for what was a nice card to ease into the jumps season.
Carlisle race again next Thursday afternoon but for us our next port of call all being well will be Aintree next Sunday afternoon for the Grade 2 Monets Garden Old Roan Chase.
After that we head from Merseyside to Yorkshire for the two day Charlie Hall meeting which is when for many the day when the season really hits top stride.
Till then, Goodbye.