Rain at Newmarket a plus for Beringer in Cambridgeshire

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September 26

We might not have celebrated a winner yet this week, but Alan remains on a high, describing last Friday’s surprise Newbury hero Tritonic as “exciting”, while, doubtless, he will also have derived plenty of encouragement from performances this week such as Potterman, who went down with all guns blazing on his hat-trick bid at Warwick, while  debutant Summer Palace, who was the best backed horse in his race at Lingfield, showed plenty of promise.

Reflecting on Summer Palace’s fifth place – he showed understandable inexperience early on but rattled home in the last 300 yards – Alan said:”We have never had a two-year-old win first time out, so I was surprised all the money came for him and yet I was delighted how well he ran.

“He is a lovely Giant’s Causeway colt, and he will come on a bundle for that first experience, so we will look for another similar race for his next appearance.”

Meanwhile, we have two runners on the Flat on Saturday, including Beringer in the high-profile 35-runner Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket.

Alan was as pleased to hear that Newmarket took a drenching this week as he was to find our own Barbury gallops enjoy some welcome rain.

He explained:”Beringer came back jarred up from York last time, having found the ground there too firm, but he is equally effective between a mile and 10 furlongs, so this nine-furlong cavalry charge might be right up his street.”

Apprentice Thore Hammer Hansen claims the 5lb allowance, which will be a big help even though Beringer, who has been made to pay for his consistency by being stuck on the 99 mark since he won at Newmarket’s Craven meeting in April, did finally get dropped 2lb by the official assessors after York.

Our other Saturday runner on the level is the versatile Rainbow Dreamer in the mile and six furlongs handicap at Haydock. He is a dour stayer who will have needed his comeback run over the course three weeks ago, his first since he won easily over the fibresand surface at Southwell in February, so in this small field he ought to be competitive.