Rockliffe off the mark at Musselburgh
R M & T Holdings Ltd’s five year old Notnowcato gelding Rockliffe (11/1) won over jumps for the first time as he beat Our Lucas by just over a length in the two mile handicap hurdle at Musselburgh this afternoon.
Given a well judged, patient ride by our conditional jockey Fin O’Toole, Rockliffe moved stylishly into contention before the third last flight and had the race in safe keeping coming down to the last where he produced his worst jump of the race, but for which he probably would have won with even more authority.
Rockliffe, whose previous win came in a ten furlong handicap at Bath in April 2016 for his former trainer Mick Channon, was having just his sixth start over timber today, and only his third in a handicap. Racing off a mark of 82, the better ground suited him really well and having been competitive on the Flat off marks in the mid 60s, you’d have to hope that there’s a fair bit more to come from him over jumps.
R M & T had a prolific time in 2014 thanks to the likes of George Fernbeck and Memory Cloth, both trained back then by Brian Ellison, but it’s been a while since their red silks were in the winner’s enclosure and they certainly weren’t winning out of turn today.
Our other at Musselburgh, Witness, carried the same colours in the three mile handicap hurdle an hour later but he couldn’t make it a double as he finished a respectable sixth, only beaten around ten lengths behind the winner Nefyn Bay.