Eairsidh and Rosearelli make promising seasonal return
Eairsidh and Rosearelli both showed a good deal of improvement on their form of last season and took a good step forwards on their seasonal reappearance at Chepstow this afternoon.
Rosearelli finished sixth of 14 in the first division of the maiden hurdle (please click here to view the race replay). Held up in rear early and just a little keen through the first couple of furlongs, she jumped really well and it was very pleasing to see her latch on to the leading group on the turn for home. She travelled well down to the third-last and though she was unable to go with the principals from there, she kept on all the way to the line and David Noonan was really pleased with her run.
Eairsidh raced handier in the second division (please click here to view the replay) and also jumped really well, if a little too well on a couple of occasions, just over-jumping a couple – his hurdling was certainly a good bit better than it was last term.
He also travelled up nicely to the breakaway group on the home bend and though he blew up a little after the second-last, he kept on again to the line and, as was the case with Rosearelli, he shaped as though he will come on nicely for the run.
Sam and Ali’s horses have been going really well in recent weeks and it was very pleasing to see both run with promise at Chepstow this afternoon. They will now have a quiet couple of days in the paddocks before returning to ridden exercise, and we’ll look to have them back on the racecourse in three weeks’ time. Eairsidh now qualifies for a handicap mark, which will be published next Tuesday.