The Strong Gale
gelding was limited to just two outings last year, winning a four-runner handicap at Fakenham before being well beaten at Doncaster in a well-contested Class B affair.
The gelding is a son of Strong Gale
and most of the stallion's progeny are much better when the ground is good or faster.
Jumped off in front from flag fall by Tony McCoy that day, the bay gelding never put a foot wrong and gamely held the late challenge of Simply Dashing by three-quarters of a length with a further seven lengths back to the tiring Mr Strong Gale
And at Sandown Timmy Murphy, recently displaced as first-choice stable-jockey, scored on Laredo, Court Melody and Mr Strong Gale
There was a strong gale
and the Coastguard advised winds were picking up.
From the family of Star Appeal and Strong Gale
, he is offered by Barnane Stud 165 A colt foal by King's Theatre out of an unraced sister to Denman and Silverburn ticks the right boxes on pedigree.
Chevalier Errant, a 72,000 guineas son of Strong Gale
, is expected to make up into a nice novice chaser while Monsieur Darcy could also make his mark over fences.
His Major Bell landed the Great Yorkshire Chase at Doncaster when snatching a last-gasp win over Mr Strong Gale
A big day for Nicholls is completed by Mr Strong Gale
, who is heading for the Great Yorkshire Chase at Doncaster.
He began in similar vein in yesterday's pounds 10,500-added chase, outdoing another son of Strong Gale
, called Mr Strong Gale
Then Paul Nicholls is looking for a winning re-appearance of Mr Strong Gale
at Worcester on the same afternoon.
Another reader sent us a picture of the damage caused to a silver estate car when a tree came crashing down across the bonnet during the strong gale