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Jumpers’ Bumpers treble at Newcastle with FOREST BIHAN, BALLYVIC BORU & JAMACHO

Forest Bihan: a nice prep for Cheltenham

We enjoyed another really good day yesterday with three winners at Newcastle. Following on from Southwell on Friday, Gosforth Park staged an additional "Jumpers' Bumpers" fixture in light of the prolonged spell of severe weather we have been experiencing. It has not been easy training the horses this week and we have appreciated being able to run those that have been ready to get to the track.

All the bumpers were run over 2m½f on the all weather, with all race conditions varying.

FOREST BIHAN took the feature bumper on the card under Danny Cook. Fitted with cheek pieces for the first time, he’s one who doesn’t do a tap in front and we thought they might just help him keep his mind on the job some.

With only five runners going to post, Forest raced enthusiastically in third as William Of Orange set a steady pace up front and they cantered round in single file for the first mile. With the pace gradually quickening three from home, Forest cruised to the lead as they hit the furlong marker. Shaken up briefly by Danny, Forest soon put daylight between himself and the rest of the field.

Taken out of the Queen Mother earlier this week, he still holds an entry in the Grade 3, Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase on the Friday of the Festival and all being well that is where he will head next.

Ballyvic Boru

BALLYVIC BORU followed up two races later with an equally comfortable victory again under Danny (Cook). Settled in third of the four runners, Ballyvic Boru travelled with ease for much of the race and still on the bridle three out, was shaken up two out and with one crack of the whip he soon pulled clear and stayed on well to the line.

Lightly raced, he won a bumper before winning his hurdling debut at Perth last summer after which he suffered a setback. He had come on a ton for his first run back at Musselburgh the beginning of February and went into the race in great form.


JAMACHO completed our treble with success in the final bumper on the seven-race card in the hands of Henry Brooke. Six went to post here and Henry was content to sit in fourth, as they sauntered round for much of the race, before Jamacho snatched hold of the bridle as Henry switched him wide. Fighting for his head with three to run, he was still travelling well approaching two out at which point the race turned into a two furlong sprint and with a couple of cracks from Henry, Jamacho stayed on strongly to the line.

A four-year-old gelding by Camacho, he was getting his head in front for the first time following a good number of placed efforts.

He’s a horse who needs good ground, which we haven’t seen for a while, and was having his first run since finishing third at Musselburgh on New Years Day.

Congratulations to owners Phil and Julie Martin; they are huge supporters of our yard, put a lot of money into the sport and deserve every success.