Alan heads back home with high hopes at Ayr’s Scottish National meeting

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April 11

We are doubly-represented in the staying handicap at Newbury on Friday, but the traditional spring clash with Ayr’s Scottish National meeting means that the boss will be giving our local course a miss to “head home” for two days and supervise a strong-looking team for their most important fixture of the jumps season.

Assessing his hopes for the opening stage, Alan said:”Deyrann du Carjac was runner-up at this meeting last year and I’d like to think he might go one better in the two-mile handicap hurdle.

“He has bumped into a couple of decent horses (Admiral Barratry and Garrettstown) in his last two races and deserves to get his head in front.

Our Power runs in the novice hurdle up there. He was staying on all the way up the straight in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham, and he ought to get a bit more ease in the ground than he would have encountered at Ascot a fortnight ago, where he was pulled out.

“We also run Senior Citizen in the three-mile novice handicap hurdle. Drying ground would help him, as he ran well for a long way at Sandown last time until getting bogged down in the closing stages.”

Turning his attention to Newbury, Alan added:”Both Who Dares Wins and Coeur de Lion have been pencilled in for next month’s Chester Cup, and this looks the ideal stepping-stone.

“Who Dares Wins finished third in the Chester marathon last year, while Coeur de Lion was runner-up in this race 12 months ago, so, hopefully, both will be competitive here.”