Could be a good week for the Ponsonby syndicates
This could be a profitable week for owner Henry Ponsonby, whose successful syndicate have a big shout with Who Dares Wins in Saturday’s Northumberland Plate.
Ponsonby is also hopeful of a good performance from Running Cloud in the HS Lester Handicap at Salisbury on Wednesday.
Running Cloud, who showed promise in a couple of novice hurdles after Christmas, has improved for the fitting of a visor, and since the headgear was applied he has finished a close third at Kempton and Windsor before finishing unplaced at York last time.
Ryan Moore rode Running Cloud for the first time at York and the fact that he was keen to renew the association in this less-competitive race has to be an encouraging sign, while the drop in distance might also suit the horse, who looked to be a big danger two furlongs out on the Knavesmire only to weaken out of it.
The versatile Who Dares Wins has won his owners almost £200,000 in prize money, being runner-up in an Ascot Stakes and finishing in the frame in the last three Chester Cups.
Who Dares Wins produced a career-best performance when runner-up in last month’s Roodee marathon, and both Alan and Henry have set out their stall for this £96,000 plus two-miler on the tapeta surface.
Twice before at Wolverhampton Who Dares Wins has experienced the tapeta, winning one and finishing third in the other four years ago, so the surface is not a problem.
And Tom Marquand, who has ridden the gelding seven times, steering him to victory in the Cesareweitch Trial at Newmarket last year and also being aboard at Chester, is making the trip to the North East to take the mount again.