Hectic Saturday in prospect with runners at four meetings
We outlined our hopes for Talkischeap and Sceau Royal yesterday, but in total we have 13 runners on Saturday, including some good supporting acts at Sandown’s final jumps meeting of the season.
Like Talkischeap and Sceau Royal, our other Sandown runners would also prefer the ground did not deteriorate.
Mia’s Storm has a stiff task in the Grade 2 Select Hurdle, but when she gets the right underfoot conditions she’s a decent mare and we hope she’ll be competitive.
And, though it was not plain sailing for Harambe in his bumper days, he has looked an exciting prospect since going hurdling, backing up his Kempton victory by hosing up at Market Rasen last time. His target is the novice championship final, in which we also run Scarlet Dragon.
Alan said:”This looks another hot race, but Harambe is on a high, while Scarlet Dragon did us proud on the polytrack during the winter and returned to hurdling with a win at Huntingdon.
“Unfortunately, we then had to scrap hopes of going to Cheltenham when Scarlet Dragon pulled far too hard and lost his hind legs at the last in the Dovecote at Kempton, and this has been a race we have been targeting for some time now.”
We have Good Man Pat going for the Josh Gifford Novices’ Handicap Chase and River Frost the bet365 Handicap Hurdle, while we run two in the big mile handicap at Haydock, Chatez, who gained his just reward when winning the Spring Cup at Newbury, and Cosmeapoliotan, who hasn’t raced over a trip this sharp since he ran in the Group 3 Autumn Stakes at Newmarket in the autumn of 2015.
Chatez produced a career-best performance at Newbury and Alan is hoping that the forecast showers for Haydock materialise as the old boy loves a dig in the ground.
William Hunter made his comeback to the Flat at Wolverhampton in early December and ran respectably to finish fourth to our own Redicean. He drops back in trip for the extended mile and a quarter handicap on the Lancashire track, the first time he has tried this shorter distance for three years.
We are also doubly represented in the mile and a half handicap at Wolverhampton in the evening, with Lexington Law, who has a Dunstall Park victory on his CV, being joined by Inn The Bull, who is also a better horse on the all-weather than he is on the turf, though none of his three wins came on this course.
Finally, Nylon Speed, who rattled off three wins on the all-weather during the winter, returns to the turf at Doncaster.