ORCADIAN appreciated the drop in class yesterday and made light of top weight to win by 17 lengths. He had run well in the much more competitive Totesport Trophy at Newbury last time out so James Eustace was very hopefully that he would be able to win in this class. The race worked out well for him as he he got a good lead until he took it up 4 out and was never challenged and won with ears pricked. He really seemed to enjoy himself and jumped really well. He had been in good form at home before this run and he proved his wellbeing on the racecourse.
As ORCADIAN appears to prefer flat tracks so he is not being considered for Cheltenham but will be aimed at a Listed Hurdle race at Aintree on Grand National Day. Aintree is a flat left handed track like Newbury so should suit him well. His other target is the John Porter Stakes, on the flat, at Newbury a week later. He could run in both but only if conditions are favourable. He will not run at Aintree if the ground became fast. James Eustace also may pop him over a fence before his summer holidays as if he jumps well enough he could go novice chasing next season. He is a great horse to have in the yard as he is so versatile and the mixture of jumping and flat seems to suit him well.
Unfortunately ORCADIANíS owner, Jeff Smith, could not be at the races yesterday as he is a life long Arsenal supporter so he went to see them play. They also won so it was an excellent day all round for him, an unusual double!