ACE PLAYS HIS CARDS LATE !
It was good to see Acey Milan break his duck over hurdles at Plumpton on Wednesday as racing resumed after a frustrating six day shutdown.
Victory didn’t look that likely on the final bend where he was headed after making much of the running in the opening novice hurdle.
Two miles round a sharp track was never going to be ideal for a horse that stays so well but Acey Milan showed a very willing attitude under Aidan Coleman as he rallied to beat The Flying Sofa by half a length, with a previous winner Baddesley Knight a close third.
The more I watched the replay the happier I was with the result as he was relaxed and going forward in the closing stages.
Before making a plan for Acey Milan I’ll see how the handicapper reacts to this performance.
Options include a £50,000 Grade 2 Hurdle at Kelso and, while it might be flying high, the Ballymore at Cheltenham could even be under consideration if the ground came up very soft or heavy.
Trips upwards of two and a half miles and above in testing conditions will be just the ticket for Acey Milan who could also be aimed at a decent staying handicap.
Midnight Tune seemed fine after her tumble two out at Plumpton. She is another who wants an extended trip in testing ground.
We should be busy with runners over the next few days, with Le Coeur Net and Deja Vue tomorrow at Fontwell, and then Duhallow Gesture and Jepeck at Sandown on Friday. Then on Saturday Ms Parfois heads to Haydock for the Grand National Trial and Regal Encore will be bidding to win the Swinley Chase at Ascot for the second year running.