SO GOOD SOJOURN . . . . . .AGAIN !!
I was delighted to see Sojourn make an impressive winning debut in his first race over fences on Thursday in a £12,000 novice handicap at Market Rasen.
I’ve always felt he had a bright future as a chaser and was tempted to pitch him into a race like this off a mark of 117 even though he had only run twice over hurdles after his bumper season.
He’s a big, rangy type out of a sister to a decent staying chaser called Exmoor Ranger, and he certainly looked the part as he jumped round Market Rasen like a natural on ground turned heavy by constant rain all day.
It was good to see Sojourn travelling very easily in the conditions after the disappointment of Marilyn Monroe earlier in the afternoon and he won comfortably from Thelongwayaround with the remaining runners well adrift.
It was also an important victory for our conditional jockey Rex Dingle, his first for the yard since he returned to action after six months off with a serious back injury.
I am going to let Sojourn rest on his laurels for the time being rather than rush him out again too quickly.
So I’d imagine he will be running in five or six weeks time in a 0-130 novice handicap Chase.