Fergal O’Brien is mopping up at Huntingdon so far this season with 11 winners. His nearest pursuer has six winners, putting him well clear of the rest. Having cleared the 100-winner mark yet again, he’ll be looking to push on towards the next target. The Gloucestershire-based trainer has just one runner at the track on Monday which has to go under close consideration. Check out our free tips page for daily content across British and Irish racing.
Mahon Point is a lightly raced and unexposed horse who has had just three starts over hurdles and fences so far. Connections were clearly very keen to get him over a fence, despite his decent record in two starts over hurdles. Fell after just four fences on chase debut at Taunton last time out which was far too early in the race for us to have learnt anything.
It was a smooth performance on hurdles debut at Chepstow last January and he scored by three-and-a-half lengths. The form of the race hasn’t worked out particularly well but the second won a couple of starts later and the seventh has won a chase subsequently.
Perhaps unfortunate to bump into a progressive sort when second at Ludlow in November and it’s worth noting that his rival had a fitness advantage. That was Mahon Point’s first start for over 300 days and it was a very good effort.
There should be plenty more to come from this horse off a mark of 120. It’s highly unlikely that we’ve seen the best of him yet and the handicapper is even less likely to have his measure. With a clear round of jumping, it’s hard to envisage a scenario in which he doesn’t fight out the finish.
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