We look to an old favourite to give us a flying start to February
Alan, just back from a sunshine holiday in the Maldives, is relying on our evergreen seven-year-old Coeur de Lion – getting February off to a flying start for us at Kempton’s Flat meeting on Saturday evening.
The versatile Coeur de Lion has his first run on the polytrack in the two-mile handicap on the Sunbury course rather than taking up his engagment in the staying handicap hurdle at Sandown.
Alan said:”Coeur de Lion has some solid form on the level and in just three runs on the all-weather he has won easily on the fibresand at Southwell and also finished third in a Northumberland Plate on the tapeta surface at Newcastle, so polytrack ought not be a problem.”
Coeur de Lion is our only runner on Saturday, but we have an interesting one at Musselburgh on Sunday in Group Stage, whose target is the Scottish Triumph Hurdle.
Alan added:”Group Stage is still a maiden after seven runs on the Flat, but he showed his quality twice at Nottingham and once at Newbury, and we have had the Fred Winter in mind ever since he made a winning debut over hurdles at Ludlow, where he finished his race strongly.
“Group Stage was subsequently fourth in a much stronger race at Cheltenham, where he was still bang there until the final flight, and he has since enjoyed a break so might be capable of improving again.”