The drier the better for Mia’s Storm’s Ladies Day tilt at Aintree
Nobody seems to have told the Weather Gods that it is spring not autumn, and, while the rain has ceased, cold temperatures mean that the ground is taking an eternity to dry out, so we can merely hope and pray for Ladies Day sunshine at Aintree tomorrow, enabling Mia’s Storm to take on the boys in the Grade 1 Mildmay Novices’ Chase.
Alan said:”The ground is a big worry as we saw at Kempton on Boxing Day that she simply doesn’t operate in the soft.
“Waiting for Ayr or Punchestown would be Plan B, but I hope we can run as Mia’s Storm is ready to roll and the form of her Listed win at Market Rasen is rock-solid.”
We kick-start a busy day up there with Who Dares Wins in the two and a half mile handicap hurdle, in which we are also represented by Wilde Blue Yonder, and Alan added:””Who Dares Wins ran a smashing race to finish fifth in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham, but he didn’t quite get up the hill there and dropping back in trip should suit him.
“He ought to come on for that run and the sharp track should also suit him, and, while the initial plan had been to go straight to the Chester Cup from Cheltenham, he came back from the Festival in such good form and we still have four weeks to freshen him up again.
“Wilde Blue Yonder has not had much luck of late, so I was delighted that he squeezed into the race. He was due to go to Wetherby last week-end but that was abandoned, so I am pleased that Dame Fortune was on our side this time.”
Henry Ponsonby, who masterminds the syndicate behind Who Dares Wins, is also very hopeful of a big run from Scarlet Dragon in the Grade 1 Top Novices’ Hurdle, and Alan is also looking forward to seeing this high-class Flat horse renew rivalry with his eight lengths conqueror there, Global Citizen.
He said:”Scarlet Dragon made a pleasing start over hurdles when runner-up in the Dovecote at Kempton in February. He was quite keen there so the fact that they ought to go faster will suit him better.
“I am pleased that we missed Cheltenham – the Supreme came little more than two weeks after Kempton – and the extra time has done him the world of good. He lacks the experience of some of the others, but his work at home and been very good and the preparation has gone well.”
Of our other two runners at Aintree on day two, Alan said:”Good Man Pat is interesting in the Grade 1 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle. He has won his last two and travels well in his races, so it is worth a crack at a big one. We were holding on to him too long early on, but the change of tactics seem to have worked and the horse has also gained in confidence.”
“Harambe also deserves his chance in the bumper. He is a grand big horse who bumped into a decent one at Bangor, and he’ll make a lovely hurdler next season.”