Senior Citizen starts the week well for Barbury
Senior Citizen, having his first run since March, made a winning comeback when getting the week off to a good start for Barbury at Newton Abbot on Monday.
Adrian Heskin, who rode, felt that two miles and a five on this sharp track was a minimum trip for Senior Citizen, who toughed it out to win in brave fashion.
Senior Citizen remains a novice for another two months, and as he can cope with soft ground, Alan might look for another one of these races, though, looking ahead, Adrian thinks he could win a decent three-mile handicap come the spring.
The horses continue to run well and Midnights’ Gift did nothing wrong when runner-up at Bangor yesterday, and we are back in the north west with two runners there on Wednesday.
Wynn House, who ran in three bumpers last season, winning one and finishing second in the other two, makes her jumping debut in the mares novice hurdle. Having been off the track for 10 months, she will improve on whatever she does here, and, being by Presenting, her chance would be increased if the forecast rain stays away.
Also in action at Bangor is Isolate, who is owned by one of the syndicates run by former jump jockey Noel Fehily, who has been kept busy since he retired from riding and is building up a useful team with a variety of trainers. Isolate, who showed promise on his first run for Alan at Doncaster in February, will improve for that jumping debut and is an interesting runner in the maiden hurdle.
Warwick is one of Alan’s favourite courses, and he’ll be hoping that one of our four runners there on Thursday strikes lucky.
We have Es Perfecto returning in the maiden hurdle. This fellow was bought for 170 grand after winning an Irish point-to-point by 12 lengths last December and showed plenty of promise on his debut for Barbury when finishing third in a bumper at Kempton in February. Alan is looking forward to getting him started over hurdles.
Alan starts off two of his young hopefuls in the bumper, Roscoe Tara, by Kayf Tara, and Methusalar, who is a son of Sholokhov.
Burren Walk also makes her jumping debut in the maiden hurdle on the Midlands track. She is by Lucarno, and, ironically, Glide Down, a two-year-old having his first run at Salisbury on Thursday, also comes from the family of John Gosden’s St Leger winner.
Glide Down, who was broken in by former jump jockey Malcolm Bastard, is home-bred by James Wigan, and, though there is plenty of stamina on the dam’s side of his pedigree, he did not look slow when coming up the carpet gallop last week and is a big, strong individual who is worth keeping in mind whatever he does at Salisbury.