It is odd to be pleased with fifth places but we were very proud of Imjoeking's efforts in the Grand Sefton when jumping incredibly well and only just lacking to stay in the final furlong. He gets two and a half miles but the heavy ground and extra furlong were just too far for our warrior who had shown scope and confidence over the unique fences. He will be now aimed at the Topham Chase in April where hopefully the ground will be less testing.
At Wetherby Chouquette is another who will be better on faster ground as the frost and rain softened going blunted her natural speed. Still, she ran with great credit and the experience will not be lost on her. Haul Us In needs it even softer as she was outpaced; there will be better races for her carrying more weight on deep ground.
Meanwhile at the Ratcheuch Racing Club point to point at Alnwick one of our amateurs, Cameron Wadge, pictured, rode my father's horse Chanceiton to win the open maiden race. Dad always loves his point to pointing and although it was a bit too chilly for him to be there today he took great pleasure in giving the young amateur a win on Chance.