Ashington Delivers Blow North of The Border
Following a facile success at Stratford last month Ashington was sent off a short price favourite to take his hurdling tally to two wins from three runs at Musselburgh on Wednesday afternoon. He duly obliged under Danny Cook to mark himself down as a novice with a bright future over hurdles.
A big field gathered down at the start and Danny Cook seemed keen to avoid getting stuck behind any ‘deadwood’ so to speak. He adopted a handy position on Ashington who got in to a nice jumping rhythm. Down the back straight Ashington jumped in to the lead and lay down the gauntlet to his rivals. Plenty of horses kept tabs of him and turning for home three or four behind him appeared to hold chances. However, Ashington showed a useful turn of foot (flat speed coming to the fore) and quickened away from the completion. Three slick jumps in the home straight put the race to bed and in the end it was fairly easy for horse and jockey. The official winning distance was an eased down seven lengths.
Bigger tests await Ashington from here on in over the winter months. He is not a horse though that I am going to campaign too aggressively in the short term. I feel that in the spring he may well reward us by landing a decent pot. Whether that is in novice company or in handicaps remains to be seen. For now though the dream remains well and truly alive for Ashington and his owner Trevor Alderson.