Run Ructions Run continued the excellent form of the Tim Easterby stable when landing the Listed EBF Stallions and TBA Mares’ National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday.
The five-year-old daughter of Westerner came into the race on the back of a decent victory at Market Rasen in February but had to fight hard in the closing stages at Newbury to see off the Alan King-trained The Pirate’s Queen, who has been a consistent performer in mares’ black-type races this season.
Run Ructions Run, who has now won five races and has never been out of the first three in all ten of her starts, was bred in Ireland by Minch Bloodstock and AV Bloodstock and cost just €5,000 when sold as a yearling at Goffs in 2010. Her unraced dam Perfect Prospect, by Golan, is out of a half-sister to the four-time Irish St Leger winner Vinnie Roe.
She is the latest black-type winner for Castle Hyde Stud’s Westerner, whose son Western Warhorse won the Grade 1 Racing Post Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival, where Deputy Dan was runner-up in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle. The son of Danehill has also been represented this season by Graded-winning hurdlers Creepy and Captain Cutter.
Tim Easterby was also among the winners at Cheltenham, sending out Hawk High to land the Grade 3 Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle.