Al Kherb Back In Business
Al Kherb’s win at Catterick on Tuesday was his first for our yard and also his first over hurdles. After showing promise in four starts (winning two) for Roger Charlton last year we were pleased to add him to our ranks at the Tattersalls horses in training sale at the end of 2018.
His first run over hurdles at Market Rasen was full of promise, finishing third behind a very smart looking rival. He then ran below par at Musselburgh on New Years Day. However, he returned showing signs that he was under the weather. We then gave him an easy time in order to get him feeling A1 again. 57 Days later he vindicated our patience in him when winning a maiden hurdle comfortably under Connor King.
Connor used his head as in the early part of the race there was no one wanting to go forward and therefore he was able to set his own fractions up front on Al Kherb. Al Kherb jumped slickly in the main although did wander at one or two hurdles. This was down to inexperience and him being a little lonely in front. Turning for home for the final time and with two hurdles to jump Al Kherb pressed on and a good leap at the second last flight effectively sealed the race for him. Al Kherb was a length up coming to the last hurdle and again jumped that well although he did step in a hole on landing which caused him to take a false step. When gathered up again by Connor he galloped strongly to the line to win by two and a half lengths.
This win was very satisfying and confirms my belief that Al Kherb is a young horse with plenty to offer both over hurdles and in time when he goes back on to the flat.