HOW good was Adam Kirby at Lingfield on Wednesday.
`The Enforcer’ is better on sand than Lawrence Of Arabia and looked unstoppable when rattling-up a hat-trick on a track where he has always been the guvnor.
All the Kirby winners were well backed, Fearsome (3-1 to 6-4) and Mainsail Atlantic (2-1 to 8-11) both landing proper touches under an eyeballs-out drive from the big man.
Kirby schlepped round to Kempton to top-up his haul with Rydan in the evening, where the star of the show was Hugo Palmer’s Set Piece (5-1 to 11-10).
This big boy looked the part and nipped through the traffic like a London cabby to land a monster punt on his debut.
Palmer grew up in a Scottish castle and doesn’t look the sort of fella who has ever had to dig holes for a living.
He needs another decent horse to keep his name in the frame though and I reckon this one will be taking him to some smart parties next summer.
Keep an eye on Al Battar who finished sixth in this race.
He cost more than Paul Pogba earns in a week and showed plenty under a not-tonight-Josephine ride from Stevie Donohoe.
Robert Walford is starting to look a better trainer than he was a jockey and landed a touch with French import Fresno Emery (3-1 to 6-4) in a fair juvenile hurdle at Fontwell on Tuesday.
Walford wasn’t forthcoming when quizzed by some of the regulars on his gelding’s chance, but Fresno Emery was fit as a flea and showed a bit of John Wayne’s true grit to get the better of a 12-rounder with Tazka.
This pair pulled the length of the Old Kent Road clear of the peloton and it looked an above average event Midnightreferendum (11-4 to 6-4) landed another blow for the Billy Bunters when she showed too much gas for Harry Fry’s Outofthisworld in a hot mares’ hurdle here.
Mind you, connections of the runner-up reckon she works like a world beater and are priming her for a big-pot at Sandown in February.
Perry Mason is still trying to work out why one optimistic punter was marching round the ring hammering Future Boy (20-1 to 12-1) before the 3m2f handicap chase on this card.
The gelding has less athletic ability than Bernard Manning and ground to a halt after jumping like he was fitted with divers’ boots.
Anna Newton-Smith’s Burgess Dream (14-1 to 9-1) ploughs through the mud better than a rotovator and landed a tickle for the locals in a 3m handicap chase on diabolical ground at Lingfield on Monday.
It looked a pound to a penny that he’d been touched off in a bobbing photo with Big Time Frank, but the camera never lies and gave him the verdict by a rapidly diminishing schnozzle.
Judging by the way connections celebrated, that nose might put the trimmings on their turkey this Christmas.
Trackman’s Saturday Selection
OK CORRAL (1.20 Cheltenham) showed high class form over hurdles and is well fancied on his chasing debut.
Nicky Henderson sends a strong team to Cheltenham today and can kick off with a winner in OK CORRAL (1.20).
He wasn’t far behind the best over hurdles and looks the sort to do even better now he tackles fences.