He excelled when winning his Grade 2 at Wetherby and it is fair to say we expected a little bit more from him when he was third at Ayr on his final start, but the ground was too quick for him there. I think a mark of 142 is fair on that Wetherby run, and I can see this stamina test really suiting him.
Only four runners, but this is some race if they all get to post and all run to their best. This is a very competitive and high-class renewal then, and this is only Jonbon’s second run in open company. But the first saw him notch a great win in the Celebration Chase at Sandown in April. He has been working and schooling well in his preparation for this.
This is the first time I will have ridden him in a race but he clearly came good at the back-end, winning at Stratford and then running a very good race when just failing to reel in his stablemate Under Control – thankfully, as I was on the winner! – at Sandown. He went up 6lb for that narrow defeat but hopefully he can still be competitive off this mark.