There were a number of big guns in action over the weekend with star performer being the monster machine that is SPRINTER SACRE, dismissing his rivals with contemptuous ease in the Tingle Creek Chase. Can anything beat him this term? Already it looks unlikely but if you have any challengers to the Henderson horse than drop your opinions in the comments box below. Personally I’d like to see Sunday’s winner FLEMENSTAR pitched in against him in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, now THAT would be some race!!
I stay at Sandown for this weeks NTF ‘1 to follow from the weekend’ runner with the honours going to an eye-catching front runner in the 2m6f handicap hurdle…
NTF 1 to follow from the weekend
AMIGO (D Pipe) – Saturday 1.25 Sandown – 3rd in the 2m6f Pertempts Handicap Hurdle
This was David Pipe’s French import’s debut run for the yard and he put in an extremely bold show from the front in this Class 2 handicap. He showed himself to be a neat jumper of his obstacles, was fast and fluent over his hurdles and was quick away from them on the landing side. He doesn’t spend much time in the air and his technique perfectly compliments his front-running style. He gave the others a good sight out front and was still in the lead as they jumped the last. He kept battling away and dug deep all the way to the line but he possibly just got tired in the testing ground on what was his first start for 226 days.
There was plenty to like about this performance and it is not hard to think that his current mark of 118 looks very lenient. He will surely strip much fitter for this run and one can easily imagine him gracing the winners enclosure before long.
It may be that he will be seen to better effect on slightly better ground as 2 of his 3 wins in France came on ground that was described as Good to Soft. It has to be said though that he appeared not to mind this testing ground and he may well be a versatile sort.
He has already jumped fences when racing in his native France and David Pipe will certainly have options going forward from here with the 5yo.
I imagine another handicap hurdle will be foremost in the trainers mind and if they can get him in a contest where he receives a relatively uncontested lead then he will prove pretty difficult to peg back.
AMIGO ideal conditions – 2m4f – 3m Handicap Hurdles | Soft/Good to Soft ground (although could be an adaptable sort)
Who were the runners that caught your attention and went in your own notebook as ones to follow from the weekend?
Did you see any future champions amongst the weekends runners?
What were your thoughts on Sprinter Sacre, Flemenstar, Sir Des Champs?
Drop me a comment below and share your runners to follow from the weekend with the NTF readers.
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Ben – (NTF)