The more the ground dries up the better the chance of Deyrann de Carjac on Thursday

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March 11

It was all change at the last minute for Deyrann de Carjac, who was pulled out of Tuesday’s novice chase to wait for the Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable Plate at Cheltenham on Thursday.

Explaining the late switch, Alan said:”More rain over the week-end and into Monday prompted us to re-route as the forecast was always for the weather to improve as the week progressed, and the more the ground dries out the better Deyrann de Carjac’s chance.

“He is not good enough to take on the best at levels, but his form is solid and I liked the way he kept on battling on ground which he would not have enjoyed when third in the Dipper at Cheltenham’s New Year meeting. The break has freshened him up and we hope he’ll be competitive.”

Alan is also hoping the ground dries out for Midnights’ Gift, whose target is the mares novice hurdle. Alan added:”All the family have shown their best form on good ground, and Midnights’ Gift ran a super race against her elders when second to the classy Marie’s Rock in a Listed hurdle at Taunton, after which she tried to emulate her half-sister Giving Glances by winning the Listed hurdle at Doncaster in January.

“She had to give weight away all round there and her chance was not helped when she stumbled on landing over the second last, but she stayed on well at the end and we run here rather than in the Boodles on Wednesday simply because in all probability she will encounter better ground.

“Furthermore, I’ve had both Dusky Legend and Midnight Tour placed in this race at big prices in the past, so fingers crossed Midnights’ Gift can also finish in the money.

“Our other runner on day three is Dingo Dollar, who has a blow-out in the Pertemps Hurdle Final is readiness for a tilt at the Topham Trophy at Aintree next month.

“He ran well in the qualifier at Newbury in the autumn and also acquitted himself creditably when finishing fifth under a big weight in the Sky Bet Handicap Chase at Doncaster last time.”