Totterdown was not helped by two rather free running opponents yesterday, which led to too hot a pace upfront for the first half of the race.   However he stayed on well up the straight not beaten too far by the second.

I am sure Totterdown will have learned a lot from this experience and now we can go into handicap company and see if the handicapper is correct in his assessment.

Western Storm travelled well for much of the race before being crowded once the pace quickened in the final half mile.  He did not appear to like this and therefore we will now go back to more prominent tactics and possibly some headgear.  Having so nearly succeeded in his two previous attempts, I am sure he will get his head in front soon, especially if the handicapper relents a bit.

Today’s horse profiles for your Five to Follow entries are:

MRS BARNES

Mrs B is a very attractive mare who came second in her only point to point start.  Showing promise on the gallops, she did some growing last season and was held up with an injury.  Hopefully her time off has done her the world of good and she is now back in work and will hopefully run in a bumper before going hurdling.

MUTHABIR

Mo has done us proud having won a bumper, a novice hurdle and three handicaps for us.  His consistency does not help him as the handicapper rarely relents but hopefully he is close to a mark where he can get his head in front and he can continue to give his owners great excitement.

ORGANDI

Organdi is a very athletic, attractive mare purchased in France.  She has taken time to strengthen and mature but showed great promise on her bumper debut at Wincanton when she travelled well before staying on up the straight to finish second in a decent event.  She will run in one more bumper before going hurdling and has a great aptitude for jumping.