It was a very enjoyable Tuesday afternoon at Chepstow as SIR RODERIC and MASTER GREY gave the yard a double for long standing owners David Little The Links Partnership and both were given super rides by top jockey Oisin Murphy.
First up was six-year-old SIR RODERIC who has generally struggled since a successful three-year-old campaign but he looks set for a good season as he built on solid places at Leicester and Salisbury this year. Always travelling nicely behind the leaders, he easily quickened to the front inside the final two furlongs and was always doing enough to win by a length and three quarters. Oisin commented afterwards that he was moving better than ever which is a good sign for his future prospects as he steps back in grade and as he has been as high as 97, we hope there are more wins to be had with him.
A couple of hours later the good looking grey MASTER GREY finally looked as if things might be falling into place as he won by six lengths in the two mile handicap. We were hopeful he was going to have a very progressive campaign last year after winning at Salisbury but things just didn’t really work out, finishing second to a couple of progressive Sir Mark Prescott runners but did not hit heights we expected. However, he has done well over the winter and having been so unlucky last time at Salisbury, it showed that he was handicapped to win so we were hopeful yesterday and so it proved. With eleven lengths back to the third, he will run under a 5lb penalty at Nottingham next Tuesday and hopefully we can make some bigger plans as the season progresses.
It was onto Bath on Wednesday evening and GREYZEE just got a bit too far behind before staying on strongly for third place in the finale, beaten a head and half a length. He put a below par effort at Chelmsford behind him and it was good to see him transfer his improvement on the AW back on to the turf.