Ballywood chases the mega bucks at Ascot on Saturday

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November 22

Ballywood‘s last visit to Ascot resulted in him and Tom Cannon parting company as early at the fifth fence, but Alan is hoping for better when the Highclere-owned horse returns to the Royal Heath on Saturday for the £125,000 Hurst Park Handicap Chase.

Alan said:”Ballywood was very fresh and gassy there last time – he got lit up passing the stands and galloped into the bottom of the downhill fence.

“Happily, he was none the worse for that experience and, hopefully, that will have got the freshness out of him. He has both schooled and worked well since, and the more the ground improves the better his chance. He had a good first season over fences and, being only five, I’d like to think that he might have more improvement.”

We also have three runners at Huntingdon, and, assessing their prospects, Alan added:”Perfect Predator, who runs in the second leg of the maiden hurdle, is a horse I like.

“He was progressive in bumpers last season and did everything right bar win on his recent jumping debut at Hereford, bumping into what looked a good horse in Olly The Brave, He’ll improve for that experience and ought to be competitive.

Arkyn, who runs in the first division, is a bumper winner. He has had a couple of runs over hurdles but might be better in handicaps rather than novices, and he will be qualified for those after this race.

“Finally, Jaboticaba runs in the Racing TV Handicap Chase. He was second twice over fences last season and would have won at Warwick on his debut had he not ploughed through the last. He is ready to start.”