Succes breeds Success
Balder Succes continued his fantastic winning run, racking up a three timer with an impressive performance in the Maghull Novices Chase. Given a canny ride by Wayne Hutchinson, keeping the 6yo out of harms way as Trifolium and Next Sensation battled it out at the head of proceedings.
Trainer Alan King’s team had struggled earlier in the season with a virus that had shut the yard down completely but despite one poor performance at Sandown before Christmas, Balder Succes hardly missed a beat, winning two Grade 2 contests since the turn of the year before arriving here to complete the treble.
Fences seem to have been the making of King’s 6yo having struggled when hurdling and that was seen to full effect in this Grade 1 contest, putting in two brave jumps at the final two fences – jumps that sealed his 4 length victory from 12/1 shot Simply Ned, with the battling Trifolium a further 1/2 length back in 3rd.
“He is very brave and it is kind of do or die with him but I am delighted for him and he took me all the way to the line”, Hutchinson said afterwards.
“We went a good solid gallop and that may be the quickest he has gone. It took me a few fences to get him rolling but when they settled down a bit his jumping got me going a bit.”
Trainer King added: “I am delighted with the horse today, his jumping was very good and was fresh and well.
“He could be a Champion Chase horse. I think he is a 2 mile horse, he gets 2 1/2 miles but is better at 2. Fences have made a man of him. He was a little bit soft over hurdles and we thought chasing might see the best of him and it certainly has.
“He may go to Punchestown now before finishing for the season.”
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