We are doing a rain dance for Full Glass at Cheltenham

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December 13

Cheltenham are talking of rain on Saturday – and maybe quite a bit – but Alan would like it to arrive at Prestbury Park at least 24 hours earlier so as to provide our mud-loving French recruit Full Glass with his favoured soft ground for the valuable Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.

Declared in the hope that there will be sufficient ease in the ground for Full Glass to run, Alan has the Silver Cup at Ascot as Plan B should the heavens not open in time.

We will learn a lot about the state of the Cheltenham going on Friday, when Kerrow, our only runner there, is in the Grade 3 handicap chase.

Alan said:”He looked set to win when he fell at the last on his comeback at Bangor, and as it was his first race for 19 months. He had travelled well up until then and his jumping had been great, so, having schooled well since, we roll the dice again.”

We also have two runners at Bangor on Friday, and Alan added:”Grey Diamond runs in the novices hurdle. He won a bumper in the spring, but he has been his own worst enemy over hurdles, refusing to settle.

“He wants to get from A to B as quick as possible which is not ideal, but we will keep on persevering until the penny drops.

Salmanazar is on the comeback trail, having been off since the spring. He returns in the three-mile handicap hurdle, but it is a stepping-stone to going back over fences.

“He hasn’t been over the larger obstacles since the spring of 2015, but he did win a handicap chase in good style at Exeter in February of that year, and is ready to start again.”

Finally, we run Caspar the Cub at his favourite haunt, Kempton. Alan said:”He seems to love that polytrack surface and has climbed 12lb in the handicap since clocking up his hat-trick there last month, but he still seems in great form and long may it continue.”

Kempton’s all-weather meetings have proved happy hunting grounds for us, and Lexington Law was a snug winner there on Wednesday evening, so, hopefully, Caspar can continue the good work.

It has been another cracking week for Barbury with Midnightreferendum also winning at Fontwell the previous day, and as I am constantly reminded when I walk around the yard “the week is young – we may not be finished yet.”