Obviously, as with horses from the Flat, it can often take time for an individual to reproduce that level of bumper form over hurdles and this was certainly the case with Arctic Moss
, who cut little ice on her first couple of hurdles starts.
The winner has since run creditably in defeat at Newbury and Arctic Moss
can exploit a fair handicap mark in the Racing Post-The Horses Mouth Handicap Hurdle which has a maximum field but few with obvious claims.
In a way, it is the presence of people, as much as that of peregrine falcons or certain rare varieties of arctic moss
, or the Adirondacks' sheer size, that make this place unique.
The five-year-old had achieved nothing on his previous racecourse attempts to suggest he was a winner waiting to happen and, consequently, he went off an outsider, yet put triple bumper winner Arctic Moss
firmly in her place.
, a triple bumper winner, failed to translate that ability to hurdling in her first two attempts, but her latest effort was far more encouraging when chasing home 25-1 shot Top Brass at Musselburgh.
00 EBF Mares' only Bumper Final (2m 1 / 2f) Quotes Grant Tuer, assistant to father Edwin, trainer of Arctic Moss
``She should have a good chance.
made it three wins from four starts when justifying favouritism in the mares' bumper, the six-yearold scoring by half a length in the hands of JP McNamara.
She could only finish a one-paced fourth to Alan Swinbank's newcomer Arctic Moss
in the Mares' Only Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.