DOUBLE Ds . . . . . . .
We enjoyed an excellent double on Thursday with the classy mare Deja Vue winning with her head in her chest at Ffos Las and Don Lami gaining a spirited success in a fiercely competitive handicap Chase at Taunton.
It is great to be among the winners again and the team is firmly back on track now. As I suspected Deja Vue relished running over a trip on soft ground on a flat track at Ffos Las.
She is starting to learn to relax and jumps very well. Ridden by Aidan Coleman, she was totally in command as she breezed home forty lengths clear in the colours of Axom in what was probably an uncompetitive mares NH maiden hurdle.
A sister to two decent winners she won her only point-to-point in Ireland and clearly stays well.
We will see how the handicapper reacts before making a plan for Deja Vue who could be out in a novice hurdle under a penalty or could go down the handicap route.
Further ahead she looks the type to take to fences.
At Taunton Don Lami dug deep to triumph under David Noonan on his debut over fences on his first start for 550 days.
It was a brilliant boost for his owners Les Amis De Don who have been so patient since he strained a tendon on quick ground at Fontwell in May last year.
I can’t say I was confident going to Taunton given that it was Don Lami’s third run in a handicap.
But his schooling at home had been encouraging and he seemed to appreciate being back on a racecourse as he began to become involved as the race developed.
He led three out and though giving away ground by jumping to the left at each of the last three fences he found plenty on the flat in a bunch finish.
It looked as if he was value for a bit more than the winning margin of a neck though you would imagine the handicapper can hardly raise him more than a few pounds for such a narrow success.
I will look for another similar race for Don Lami offering a stamina test on ground that is not too soft.