Lisp makes his eagerly-awaited chasing debut at Warwick

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November 19

Lisp has looked a potentially exciting novice chaser ever since Alan first schooled him over fences last spring, so everyone at Barbury is looking forward to seeing his first run over the larger obstacles in the Highflyer Chase at Warwick on Wednesday.

Alan said:”Lisp was a smart hurdler, having finished fifth in the County at Cheltenham in March, but chasing has been the plan for some time.

“He used to be very free, so we gave him his seasonal debut over hurdles at Ascot with a view to getting the freshness out of him before we make the switch, and I was very encouraged how well he stayed on up the straight to finish fourth. His schooling has always been good, and I can’t wait to get him started.”

Also in action at Warwick are Hotter Than Hell and Nearly Perfection, and assessing their chances Alan added:”Hotter Than Hell has to carry a penalty in the mares novice hurdle after her win at Worcester in May, but we need to know where we stand with her and which route we ought to be taking. She’ll be sharper for her comeback run at Market Rasen.

“I always try and find something for the David Nicholson Juvenile Fillies Bumper, named after my old boss, and we were lucky enough to win it in 2014 with Lady Persephone.

“Nearly Perfection is our representative this year, and, though this is her debut, she has been working well and went through the soft ground no problem in her final gallop on Saturday, so fingers crossed there.”

Finally, we have the one runner on the Flat, Peckinpah at Kempton in the 11-furlong handicap. “He had a setback in the spring so has been off six months, and obviously he’ll benefit from this comeback, though we are looking forward to getting him started again,” concluded Alan.