Clock strikes at Huntingdon for Stuart Edmunds
Last Updated: 14/11/17 4:58pm
A review of Tuesday's action at Huntingdon, where Stuart Edmunds' 'proper horse' Theclockisticking was impressive.
Stuart Edmunds may not have the ammunition enjoyed by others but he appears to have a smart individual in Theclockisticking judging by his impressive success at Huntingdon.
Having bolted up at Fakenham last time out the five-year-old earned a quote of 66-1 with Paddy Power for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival after running out a 10-length winner of the Read Noel Fehily At 188Bet Novices' Hurdle.
Edmunds said of the 15-8 chance: "He looks a proper horse. He should not be quick enough over two miles on his pedigree. I think he will improve with a step up in trip but why do that at this stage.
"Under a penalty is always very difficult and you don't know what he beat last time although he was visually impressive. He shows nothing at home and I ride him as he is as quiet as an old hack.
"I was half-tempted to go to Cheltenham this weekend but I decided to keep my feet on the floor. I don't want to run under a double penalty so we will have to go somewhere smart."
Jockey Matt Griffiths is unlikely to question the motives of trainer Jeremy Scott again after Unison (33-1) claimed a surprise four-and-a-half-length success in the Molson Coors Michaelmas Handicap Hurdle.
Griffiths said: "To be fair, we rated him a lot at home and he has run well but he doesn't normally stay. I thought Jeremy had made the wrong call coming here instead of Exeter on Wednesday.
"He is a good old horse and has been great to the yard and the owners."
Occasionally Yours showed he still has plenty of enthusiasm left at the age of 13 after gaining a fourth victory at the Cambridgeshire track with a length-and-a-quarter success in the Cheltenham Betting At 188Bet Handicap Hurdle.
The 89-year-old trainer said of the 22-1 winner: "He is a lovely old boy and we love him to bits. He seems to love Huntingdon and I am a great believer in horses for courses.
"He is not quite Cool Roxy's class but he gives it his all and he is a joy to train. We might go back to Fakenham in a week's time for a selling handicap hurdle as I don't think anyone will claim a 13-year-old."
After watching Cause Toujours suffer an odds-on reversal in the opener, Dan Skelton ended the afternoon on a brighter note after Mabela (6-1) claimed the concluding bumper by a length and a half.
Skelton said: "She (Mabela) has done really well. She showed a good attitude. I could even just leave her until Aintree in the spring."
Quote of the day
Alan Blackmore on Occasionally Yours: "He is a geriatric horse trained by a geriatric trainer. It is all part of Help the Aged."
Ride of the day
Sean Bowen dictated matters on Cyrname and despite the odd sketchy leap the up and coming rider got the five-year-old into a good rhythm before steering him to a facile success in the novices' limited handicap chase.
Performance of the day
Stuart Edmunds appears to have assembled a useful team together this season but the most exciting horse looks to be Theclockisticking, who made it two from two over hurdles with the minimum fuss.