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Delusionofgrandeurs seriously impressive Catterick win

Delusionofgrandeurs seriously impressive Catterick win

Delusionofgrandeurs seriously impressive Catterick win

Alright, its a far cry from Cheltenham, nevertheless the marauding southern yards of Warren Greatrex and Dan Skelton each  thought it well worthwhile to send up North their highly touted Novice Chasers One Track Mind and Work in Progress with a view to plundering decent prize money for a Tuesday afternoon at Catterick

If they thought they were in for easy pickings, Sue Smith and stablemates Delusionofgrandeur and Vintage Clouds had other ideas.

Obviously Mr Hemmings horse, on paper, had the better form figures this season, but our horse had been given two very stiff tasks for his first Chasing starts and ran creditably in both without troubling the judge.

So we were hoping for improvement, but with Vintage Clouds again in opposition, as well as the contents of the two horse boxes from Lambourn and Warwickshire, myself and members present at Catterick were not exactly bursting with confidence.

So the overall concensus was place money at best…..except PS that is !!

The betting market suggested it was a two horse race, but from discussions in the parade ring, Sean Quinlan made it clear that he wouldn`t be hanging about.

The flag came down and what followed was brilliant to watch.

Yours truly watched in silence as our fella warmed to his task.

But I`m not known as the man whose glass is always half empty for nothing, and, despite travelling well, I must confess, as they made their way past the post and up the hill on to the final circuit, my thoughts were that the cavalry would be charging very soon.

DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR and Sean Quinlan win the Come Racing New Year´s Day Beginners´ Chase for trainer Sue Smith CATTERICK RACECOURSE 13th December 2016 Pic Louise Pollard/Racingfotos.com

DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR and Sean Quinlan win the
Come Racing New Year´s Day Beginners´ Chase for trainer Sue Smith
CATTERICK RACECOURSE
13th December 2016
Pic Louise Pollard/Racingfotos.com

But the cavalry, we were about to find out, was not able to charge, simply because DoG was showing us that the form he was in last season prior to his final race, was being replicated…at least ….this time over fences….something that myself and members had been hoping and praying for, as we firmly believed his future was jumping fences.

Sean Quinlan rode a brilliant race from the front, and nothing, not even Vintage Clouds this time, could live with him.

Timeform said     “Out again fairly quickly, no saving up for handicaps, and 2 sighters were all that were needed over fences for him to start hitting the same heights he did last season over hurdles, likely more in the pipeline given his age and profile, as well as the way he did this, going about it with purpose from the front, turning away his higher-rated stable-companion as the pair pressed on from 4 out, his jumping assured along the way.”

My old fella Mister McGoldrick, now fast approaching 20 years old, would have been well impressed with that performance, if only Pam and Kevin had RUK in his stable at New Beginnings.

Brilliant, brilliant to watch, and once again members having watched and watched again the replay, can be confident that our “Saturday” horse is going places.

Too soon to talk about next race, will update as and when.

 

Richard

2 Comments
  1. Great performance from Delboy, sorry I was not there.
    Now worth a crack at the Grade 1 Novice Chase at Warwick on the 16th January, over 3 miles.
    Fill The Power ran second to Rocky Creek in the 2013 renewal.
    Assuming that goes well lets then have an early entry in the RSA chase at Cheltenham, first stage entries are around 24th January I believe.
    You only get one novice season and if Delboy has an handicap rating of 140+ by the time of Cheltenham lets take our chance, I am convinced the stiff 3 miles there with the uphill finish will suit.
    Thistlecrack is going for the King George so maybe The Gold Cup is also on the agenda, so that could be one less to worry about in the RSA. Also the RSA tends to be a relatively small field, apart from one renewal of 15 runners in the past 5 years, the winner tends to be rated around the 150 mark but horses rated in the 140’s have won it.
    So Warwick followed by another run in February & then the RSA would be my plan, lets go for it.

  2. Thanks Big Russ….perhaps we should invite more comments, and create a forum of opinions and suggestions from the many who have Delusionofgrandeur in their notebooks as a horse to follow this season.

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