Scarlet Dragon set to return to his beloved Newbury on Friday
Plenty will be relishing the Indian Summer which we are experiencing through September, but, like most trainers, Alan would love the heavens to open and be forced to pull out the wet gear in the mornings.
“It’s been frustrating, especially as we barely have a horse in the yard who wants fast ground,” said Alan, who conceded that he would love a drop of rain through the week for Scarlet Dragon, who is due to run in the valuable Dubai Duty Free Handicap next Friday.
Alan said:”Scarlet Dragon has run some of his best races at Newbury, winning twice and being placed a further three times, including in a couple of Group races, the Aston Park Stakes and the St Simon.
“This mile and a half is his perfect distance – he does not quite stay the mile and six – but he didn’t let himself down on what was very firm ground at York last time, so I hope we the weather forecasters have got it wrong and that the going eases through the week. He looks absolutely brilliant just now.”
Alan would probably want rain as well for Trutonic, who has run two super races with ease in the ground and would be one of the best of those with previous experience entered in the Haynes, Hanson and Clark Stakes at Newbury the same day.
The roll of honour for this race is hugely impressive, but, while we have to go a long way back to find the most prestigious winners – Derby heroes Henbit and Shergar won the first two runnings and the brilliant Rainbow Quest followed hot on their heels – we’ve also had the likes of Unfuwain and Nayef use this race as a stepping-stone to stardom.
And, while Trutonic has got a fair way to go yet to be mentioned in the same breath as them, he has done nothing wrong, fulfilling Haydock promise when winning at Ffos Las, so here’s hoping the weather breaks so we can have another celebratory day at Newbury.