Redicean aims to follow in Sceau Royal’s footsteps at Wincanton

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November 9

The forecast rain for Wincanton today was music to the ears of Alan, who has confirmed the entry for Redicean in tomorrow’s Elite Hurdle on the Somerset course.

We won this race two years ago with Sceau Royal, and, assessing the chances of Redicean emulating that feat, Alan said:”He looked very exciting last season, winning his first three races, including the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton, but he hated the soft ground in the Triumph at Cheltenham, which completely floored him.

“I could not have been more pleased with his comeback run at Cheltenham last month when he finished second to a race-fit winner, whom he was giving more than a stone, so we are hoping he can built on that encouraging return.”

Looking at our other Wincanton runners, Alan added:”Brigade of Guards, who makes his jumping debut in the novice hurdle, showed promise in the first of his two bumper runs at Kempton and then failed to cope with the very soft ground in the sales bumper at Newbury. He has definitely improved for his summer break.

Miss Crick has been running consistently and again ran well at Fontwell last month, so, hopefuly, she will again run her race in the mares handicap hurdle, while Myboysam is worth another chance in the bumper.

“He finished second on his debut at Huntingdon and was probably over the top when disappointing on a return to that track in January. He has strengthened up considerably through the summer and will probably go hurdling after this.”

We have two runners at Sandown on Sunday, and, outlining his hopes for the Esher trip, Alan said:”Ballywood runs in the conditional jockeys handicap hurdle, and he has come on for his pleasing fourth at Chepstow last month.

“It took him time to acclimatise when he came over from France, but he enjoyed a good summer and Chepstow was encouraging as he only tired between the last two. He’ll come on plenty for that and rain would be a boost for him, while further down the road he could go chasing as he ran well over fences in France and gets the valuable four-year-old allowance.

Harefield, who runs in the two-mile handicap hurdle, missed Wetherby last week because of the fast ground, and, though he has fallen twice, he has done plenty of schooling and will appreciate this stiff uphill finish. He’ll go chasing some time soon, but I want to get his confidence restored after those two falls before we make the switch.”