Monday, 30 October 2017

Calett Mad 'just like Wholestone' says Daryl Jacob

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Jockey Daryl Jacob believes Saturday winner Calett Mad can follow in the footsteps of Wholestone, a dual-Grade winning staying hurdler.

Calett Mad won Cheltenham's Junior Jumpers Novices' Hurdle in stylish fashion on the weekend, winning by just under five lengths in the Cotswold. Wholestone won the same contest by a length.

He went on to win at Grade Two level twice, before finishing third in the Albert Bartlett at the Festival.

Nigel Twiston-Davies trains the pair, who also both wear the iconic green colours of Simon Munir & Isaac Souede.

“Calett Mad is a bit like Wholestone, who won this race last year and kept progressing," said Jacob after Saturday's win.

"I think this lad will hopefully do the very same, He has a big, galloping stride and seems to take horses out of their comfort zone very early.

“We got to a stage where it was going to be very, very difficult for him over fences, especially at Ayr when he produced a career-best and was just beaten. 

"He is only a young horse, so we decided to go down the Wholestone route.”

Calett Mad was a novice chaser last season, but is currently two from two since switching to hurdling. 

He has been impressive in his two victories, and bookmakers have priced him at 33-1 for Albert Bartlett glory.

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