Who says trainers are not enjoying this hot spell?
Every trainer in the country is screaming for rain, Alan being no exception, but, having never been one for the cold weather, he is certainly enjoying this prolonged summer heatwave, with the Barbury team in flying form, boasting nine winners from 26 runners in the past fortnight.
Those celebrations have come on the Flat and Jumps, turf and all-weather, and, while it was no surprise to find Alan absent from Lingfield yesterday, but owner-breeders, David and Kathleen Holmes, were there, and they admitted that the 14-1 success of Giving Glances in the mile and a half handicap on the polytrack was “a pleasant surprise”.
“This victory was unexpected – hence the lack of a tie,” smiled David in the winner’s enclosure, and the husband and wife team, who own the Pitchall Stud in Stratford-upon-Avon, where that leading jumps stallion Midnight Legend has been the headline-maker, happily took this is a bonus.
David, who owns the sire, Passing Glance, and also had the winner’s mare, Giving, before her death, added:”We want to go juvenile hurdling with Giving Glances, but we can’t run over jumps while the ground is so firm, so we thought we’d come here for a spin on the all-weather.
“The race will have done her the world of good and we are working back from Aintree in April, so here’s hoping …..”
Barbury celebrations were topped up when Just in Time, who did us proud last season and was dropping back in trip here, landed the odds at Sandown in the evening.