Trainer Jedd OKeeffe waselated to watch stable celebrity Sam Spinner make a winning debut over fences in Wetherby.
The seven-year-old enjoyed a effort – landing a valuable handicap hurdle at Haydock and the Long Walk before finishing fifth when preferred for the Stayers Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
He had been disappointing to get much of last season, but proved when posting a fine effort to fill the spot behind star stayer Paisley Park on his return into Prestbury Park in 38, his ability stays intact.
Making his first appearance since finishing down the field at the Grand National meeting at Aintree in April, Sam Spinner turned into a 5-4 shot under regular spouse Joe Colliver, together with all the Dan Skelton-trained Beakstown the marginal favourite.
Despite not persuasive in the jumping department, Beakstown appeared set to prevail later regaining the lead – where stage Sam Spinner has been ridden along in fourth and seemingly had plenty to do.
The farther he went the greater OKeeffes charge looked and he pushed clear on the run-in to get a three-length win.
OKeeffe was at Tattersalls in Newmarket, in where he explained:I havent talked to Joe or my helper yet, but my initial thought is I am elated.
He took him a while to warm up, but he also showed he can do whatever – he got in tight at several fences and made a wonderful contour others. He has a good probability of making the grade.
He completed carefully and we understand hes likely to be much better over an extended excursion. I am just so pleased hes made a good start and it looks like he is the complete chaser.
Considering future targets, the trainer added:I believe we will likely stay up north for the time being.
I believe theres another rookie chase for him at Wetherby on November 1, but that may come too soon.
We will get him home and make a strategy.
Sam Spinner to 16-1 cuts for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival of the next year out of 25-1 – and Colliver is anticipating watching him step up in trip.
We travelled a great gallop, but that suited him as we know he wants three miles really, said the jockey.
He got in tight to a few fences, but it did him the world of good and it will help him understand his job.
It looks like he is going to make it like a chaser and with a little bit of luck he is better than he was over hurdles.
Thanks to Jedd along with also the owners for keeping faith in me and to Sam Spinner, since you cant do it without the horse.
Read more here: http://chefpie.com