We are flying – long may it continue!
All three of our runners won on Thursday, making it five for the week as we head off for an important day at Chester today, but tomorrow is even busier, with a strong team going to both Haydock and Warwick.
Assessing our chances, Alan said:”The Tourard Man runs in the opening long distance handicap hurdle at Haydock. He returned at Cheltenham last month, having had his winter break, and on ground slower than he would have liked he wasn’t that far off the leaders when he unshipped his rider at the last. It was a very pleasing return and the drying conditions are also a plus.
“We run two in the Swinton. The Unit was only beaten five lengths into seventh place in the Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr, staying on well all the way up the run-in, while William H Bonney again travelled well through the race in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham, yet didn’t quite get up the hill. It’s excellent prize money, so, hopefully, we might return with some of it.
“Sandwiched in between those two jump races we have Inn the Bull on the Flat at what is a mixed meeting. He won well on the polytrack at Kempton, but we gambled in taking him back there a week later and he ran flat, the race clearly coming too quick. We’ve freshened him up and hopefully he can bounce back.”
We are also in action at Warwick, and Alan added:”Deyrann de Carjac is in the maiden hurdle, having run a stormer to finish second at Ayr, where he finally got his ground, and it looks like underfoot conditions will be in his favour again.
“Miss Crick will also enjoy the ground in the mares novice chase and returns from her break, having not raced since finding conditions too soft at Huntingdon in November, while you had to be pleased how well Fidux ran at Sandown on the final day, finishing third in a competitive handicap hurdle, so, hopefully, he’ll go well, too, especially with the ground drying up.
“Finally, we have Nobby running in the bumper. He won a point-to-point at Barbury in January and ran a blinder first time up for us at Warwick, finishing second, while at Huntingdon on Sunday Crushed, yet another of ours who has been frustrated by so much soft ground, returns over hurdles now that he finally gets the right conditions.”