By Peter Naughton
Crackdeloust relished the fitting of blinkers when bolting up and landing some super bets for the Tracker at Catterick last week.
Brian Ellison has always rated this gelding highly and revealed: “He was fresh as paint after his last run at Doncaster, so I worked him in blinkers and he was brilliant.”
The well treated six-year-old benefited from a strong pace set by Danceintothelight and travelled well throughout.
He settled the race two out and needed only hand riding from the last for a fine success. There should be more to come when he is reassessed and fences remain a strong option.
Waiting Patiently could not have been more impressive when extending his unbeaten record over fences to five at Kempton on Saturday.
Malcolm Jefferson's hugely progressive seven-year-old beat Art Mauresque by an easy eight lengths with several Grade One performers well behind.
The winner was shortened in the betting for the Ryanair Chase and Betway Champion Chase but could head first to the Ascot Chase next month, provided the ground is on the soft side of good.
Owner Richard Collins said: "This horse can gallop and has a turn of foot, which makes him special. He has pace to win at two miles but can probably win at three miles in time."
Racing in touch, he was disputing fourth and still going well when falling three out.
A mark of 130 looks fair - he won off this rating over course and distance eleven months ago - and although the fall was too far from home to be sure he would have played a hand in the finish, I saw enough encouragement to keep him on side.
Takingrisks came here on the back of an encouraging return at Doncaster last month and deserves more chances.
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