Ponsonby not worried about rain for his York duo on Friday
Any ease in the ground at York – and overnight rain is forecast – would not worry Henry Ponsonby and his syndicate, with Who Dares Wins being aimed for Friday’s Lonsdale Cup and On To Victory the Skybet Handicap on the Knavesmire on Friday.
With no Stradivarius in the field, Who Dares Wins is worth his place in the field and he is only 8lb off the top-rated horse in the race, Goodwood Cup runner-up Nayef Road.
There is good prize money to be won in these conditions races for stayers, especially in France, so, while Alan will monitor the quarantine guidelines brought in recently by our Gallic counterparts, he did enter Who Dares Wins this week for the G1 Prix Cadran at ParisLongchamp’s Arc meeting.
Ponsonby said:”Who Dares Wins enjoys some cut in the ground, and he has been in good form since Goodwood, where, though finishing last, he was only seven lengths off Stradivarius. The early pace was relatively slow, and, being a Queen Alexandra winner, that would not have suited him.”
On To Victory has his first run on the Flat for Alan, but he did well over hurdles last winter and he is now down to his lowest mark (98) since finishing second at Glorious Goodwood three years ago when trained by Eve Johnson Houghton. He was only beaten two lengths in the Melrose Handicap on this course three weeks later, so if he can recapture that form he might be a surprise-packet.