We need a Full Glass for another big Saturday celebration

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Things have kept rolling on steadily since Sceau Royal hit the heights at Cheltenham last Saturday, and it would be nice to think that we have more of the same lined up this week-end, when our big hope is Full Glass in the Graduation Chase at Haydock.

Alan was relieved that he opted not to declare Full Glass for last week’s BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham, but, while he would have liked more rain in the north west for this mud-lover, Kirkland Tellwright, clerk of the course at Haydock, reports the ground “near perfect”, so it’s all systems go for the trip up the M6.

He said:”I am desperate to get a run into Full Glass before the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup back at Cheltenham on December 15.

“He is an exciting horse and had just the one run for us last season, finishing third at the Scottish Grand National meeting at Ayr in April, when the ground would have been as quick as he wants, so I won’t be complaining if they got a bit more rain.

“Rain would also be welcome for Valdez, who is in the Hurst Park Handicap Chase at Ascot. He’s a grand old horse and it took an age to get him back last season, and then, having run well against Altior, he lost his confidence when getting hampered in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham in March.

Senior Citizen, who was a decent bumper horse, runs in the Molton Brown Novices’ Hurdle at Ascot. He’s a fine, big individual and was still a bit green when winning at Chepstow, but we like him and he will progress with experience.

“Another who would appreciate any rain is Our Power. He, too, has size and scope about him and we were really pleased how well he won at Market Rasen. He’s all about stamina and Exeter will suit him so much better on Sunday.”