Tyrell takes the Catterick honours
Craig Buckingham’s distinctive black and orange colours were in the Catterick winner’s enclosure this afternoon as Tyrell (22/1) recorded a comfortable success under Joe Colliver in the two and a half mile handicap hurdle.
The five year old benefitted from the application of blinkers and was given a good hold up ride, moving into contention turning for home and staying on too strongly for the favourite, Aaron Lad, after the pair had a slight coming together over the final flight.
This was Tyrell’s second win from just seven starts over timber, the first having come in a two mile juvenile hurdle at Warwick last season for his former trainer Alan King. By Teofilo out of a Fusaichi Pegasus mare and bred by Gigginstown House Stud in Ireland, he cost £24,000 at the Goffs summer sale at Doncaster last August and has quickly started to repay some of that outlay!
Tyrell, who also has two Flat wins to his name, is the first winner we’ve trained for Craig, a successful owner based in Nottinghamshire who’s enjoyed nearly eighty winners under both codes, chiefly with Michael Appleby on the Flat and Dan Skelton over jumps. We’re delighted to help Craig add to his tally and we’ve got high hopes for Tyrell, who’s been schooled over fences and clearly relished the step up in trip here. He should be capable of holding his own in a higher grade.
Our other runner today, Justforjames, finished fourth under Joe Wright in the novices’ handicap chase which was dominated by the market leaders Sharp Response and Red Infantry, the former coming out on top by just over a length to initiate a double on the card for Sue Smith.