Plenty of positives from Cheltenham – and maybe more to come today!

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November 18

Sunday racing has never floated Alan’s boat, but he always stresses that he makes an exception for when Cheltenham race on the Sabbath, and he is looking forward to what promises to be a fabulous final day of the November meeting at Prestbury Park.

The Barbury team could not be in better form, with The Glancing Queen having sprung a 16-1 surprise in the bumper there yesterday, while Cracker Factory ran a blinder to finish second in the Triumph Hurdle Trial.

Reflecting on The Glancing Queen’s victory, Alan said:”It was a very pleasant surprise. She is an Irish point-to-point winner and we like her a lot, but it looked such a hot race that we would have been happy to finish fourth or fifth first time out.

“The plan had been to go over hurdles, but we might well stick to the bumper route now. I was impressed how well she picked up for Wayne (Hutchinson) up the hill.”

Alan was equally delighted with Cracker Factory even though he only came home with a silver medal in the opener.

He added:”Cracker Factory is improving with every run and clearly enjoys the good ground. I think that there is more to come, and if the weather remained as it is we might have a look at the £50,000 Summit Junior Hurdle at Doncaster on December 15. However, if the ground went soft again we could give him a winter break and return in the spring.”