Daryl Jacob: Bay can deliver
Our new columnist Daryl Jacob reflects on Top Notch's midweek win and looks ahead to his weekend rides.
Third Intention: Big chance at Ascot on Saturday
I was very pleased with Top Notch at Warwick on Wednesday.
He didn't have a lot to beat but I liked the way he went about his business. He jumped very, very well in the main and showed he'd learned from his chasing debut at Uttoxeter which is great.
I think the plan is to find another chase with him now but I'll leave that to the owners and trainer – he's a very nice horse and its full steam ahead with him.
I ride Khezerabad for Nicky Henderson in the opening Betfair Ready Newton Novices' Hurdle at Haydock this afternoon.
He's doing everything right and is a horse I'm looking forward to riding. My one worry is how he'll handle the testing ground. We'll find out this afternoon as it will help us when it comes to planning our winter campaign with him. It's a good test but he's very nice.
So is Laser Light who I ride in the Mitie Events & Leisure Novices' Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday. He keeps improving and did it well at Chepstow the last day. It was nice to see the third horse, Copain De Classe, come out and win well in the week. I was very happy with that.
This is a very exciting horse and I'm really looking forward to riding him again.
I've picked up another good spare ride for the Colin Tizzard team in Third Intention. He goes in the Stella Artois 1965 Chase having won the Old Roan on his reappearance. I've won on him before and know him well and think we have a good chance in a warm race.
Croco Bay felt really well last time at Ascot and I thought he was going to run a huge race. However, he just slipped going into the first fence down the back straight and made a very bad mistake. You can ignore that run. He's dropped back down to a good mark and I'm expecting a bold show on Saturday in the Shawbrook Handicap Chase.
My final ride is aboard On The Prowl in the closing Neptune Investment Management Standard Open NH Flat Race. He's a big, green type of horse who is going to benefit from gaining experience but he's a nice one for the future.
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