“It was great to see Battle of Ideas back in the winner’s enclosure. Harry had to give him a wake-up call early on, as we wanted him to be very positive from the start. He then got into a nice rhythm and towards the end Harry just had to push him through the pain barrier a little bit, but then once he hit the front between the second last and the last he priced his ears, and then did so again up the run-in to the line. The right horse was second so I think that was a really nice performance and I’m sure he’ll move forward from that.
“Harry didn’t really move on him for the last seven or eight strides as he knew he had it in the bag. It was the best he’d jumped for a while. I know we are down in a lower grade than perhaps we expected to be, but it was a competitive race for the grade. Now he’s got his head in front, hopefully he can move forward and win some more races. He’s bounced out of the race, and he looks a million dollars, so we’ll now look for a similar race in a couple of weeks’ time.”
“We run Gentleman John in the Summer National at Uttoxeter on Sunday. Twelve months ago he had colic and had two major operations to remove two and a half foot of intestine, so it’s a minor miracle he recovered from that to race again. He ran nicely last time, leading to the second last, and he’s quite capable of running well in a race like this. It’s highly competitive, the best race of the Summer probably, and he’s not getting any younger but he’s in good form and he is definitely capable of running well.”