Scarlet Dragon back over hurdles at Huntingdon
Scarlet Dragon is a very smart dual-purpose performer, and, having run well twice on the all-weather at Lingfield, he reverts to hurdles in the novice at Huntingdon on Friday.
Alan is keen to have a crack at the valuable novice hurdle championship final at Sandown on the last day of the season in April, so it makes sense to switch codes with Scarlet Dragon, who should enjoy Huntingdon.
He said:”This, sharp right-handed track should suit him. He was second in the Dovecote at Kempton last season and was probably past his best come Aintree, but he has been doing us proud on the polytrack and bumped into a useful horse in Court House when beaten in a match at Lingfield last time.”
We also have two runners at Doncaster, and Alan is looking for better from Giving Glances in the Listed Juvenile Fillies Hurdle, which has been her target all season.
He added:”She won well on her debut at Hereford but was then disappointing at Aintree. The ground would not have helped, but she never fired at all that day, and, having found nothing wrong after a series of tests, we have just put a line through the race and she has enjoyed a good break since.
“Stylish Moment, who runs in the novice handicap chase, has been disappointing over hurdles, but he looks like getting the good ground that he needs on Town Moor, so it’s an ideal place to switch to fences which might suit him better.”
Alan has declared Dingo Dollar for Saturday’s valuable Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster, and he is hoping that the forecast showers materialise. More about him tomorrow.