It has been a lovely sense of deja vu writing this news title.
We’ve been very fortunate this season to have experienced a number of doubles, even a treble, and Saturday provided us with another.
Petit Palais went into Stratford’s Novices’ Hurdle on the back of a promising first season for us.
Noel George purchased Petit Palais out of John Gosden’s yard for longstanding owner, David Fox.
He impressed on hurdle debut at Ludlow when winning by 4 ½ lengths to some likeable types.
He followed the win up with a fine run in the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton, finishing fifth.
He went off favourite for the Stratford race which he duly justified when winning by half a length under Johnny Burke.
Petit Palais has repeatedly shown his toughness in his starts for us and has thrived from facing obstacles.
The day was bookended with wins when Enemy Coast Ahead impressed on racecourse debut in the bumper.
A fantastic looking horse, he has always taken the eye at home and we were all looking forward to seeing him run.
Enemy Coast Ahead, or ‘Alfie’ as he is affectionately known, is a cheeky chap with plenty of enthusiasm for his work.
He travelled to Lambourn the week before he ran for a final piece of work to further educate him as well as give him a good ‘lung opener’.
Noel George rode Alfie at Lambourn and his owners, the McNeill Family, were kind enough to give him the ride.
We were pleased with how the horse dealt with the preliminaries and showed little signs of greenness throughout the race.
Noel sent Alfie to finish his race off of the home bend and it was very impressive how quick of a turn of foot he showed.
He went on to win by 10 lengths and we couldn’t be more pleased with the aptitude he showed.