Dingo Dollar reaches for the ‘Sky’
Around 40mm of irrigation in the last 10 days has convinced Alan that the ground at Doncaster will be safe enough for Dingo Dollar to take his chance in the valuable Sky Bet Chase, though if those forecast pre-race showers on Town Moor did materialise our hopes would increase even more.
Alan said:”Dingo Dollar jumped superbly out in front when finishing third in the Ladbroke Trophy (formerly the Hennessy) at Newbury in December, and this has been the target ever since.
“Plan B was Cheltenham also on Saturday, but that two mile and five furlongs would have been sharp enough, so I am happy to stay at Doncaster.
“Looking further ahead, the Scottish National at Ayr in April is his ultimate objective, but he could take in the Ultima Chase at the Cheltenham Festival en route.
“We have Azzerti going to Cheltenham on Saturday. He was never stronger than at the finish when winning over two miles and one at Ascot last time, so going up in distance should suit him well. He is a progressive chaser.
“Also at Cheltenham we have Our Power in the Triumph Hurdle Trial. I was delighted to see him back in the winning groove at Newbury last time, having bumped into a smart horse at Exeter previously.
“Going left-handed seems to suit him better, and he outstayed the runner-up at Newbury, and, while this is a step up in class, we will learn more about him here.”
Back at Doncaster, we have three others accompanying Dingo Dollar up to Yorkshire, and Alan added:”Ballywood, who runs in the Lightning Novices’ Chase, is 2-2 over fences, and, though he didn’t do much in front when winning over the course in December, he only celebrated his fifth birthday three weeks ago and he did jump very well up there.
“We have Mahlermade in the three-mile chase. He took time to warm up when second at Taunton last time, but this track should play much more to his strengths.
“Finally, Hotter than Hell runs in the mares bumper as she needs another run ahead of the sales race at Newbury in March, in which she finished second last year.
“She probably found the Listed bumper at Huntingdon a bit too much for her last time, but she looks to have improved for the run and again this course should suit her better.”