Strobe ridden by Adam Nicol & Karingo ridden by Adrian Lane both contested the opener. the Strongbow Dark Fruit Handicap Chase, a Class 5 race over 20f with 15 fences on ground riding Good to Firm. There were 8 runners. Karingo made a mistake at the first and fell at the third. His confidence in jumping fences appears to have deserted him and a return to hurdles would be a probable choice.
Strobe was taken on for the lead and was obstructed at some of the fences. He appeared to sulk and despite the urging of Adam, he started to drop through the field and was pulled up before the 11th fence.
Good to report that both Adrian and Karingo were reported OK after the race.
Agricultural ridden by Adam Nicol ran in the Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer Novices’ Handicap Chase, a Class 4 race over 3m with 18 fences. there were 6 runners. This was to be the first attempt for Agricultural in a race as far as 3 mile. Throughout the race he ran and jumped well, mainly being in the leading trio but on entering the finishing straight for the final time he was unable to quicken and finished in 5th place,