Three interesting jumpers in action on Saturday
It has been another horrible week of rain, but at least we are promised a dry day on Friday, so, hopefully, there will be no last minute hiccups for the meetings at Warwick and Market Rasen on Saturday, where we have three interesting runners.
Alan makes no secret of the fact that Warwick is one of his favourite tracks, and it’s been a lucky one, too, so he is optimistic that in the mud-loving Notachance and Jay Bee Why, he might again have reason to celebrate at the Midlands course.
Having decided that the Welsh National came a year too soon, Alan said of Notachance:”He was having his first race for 10 months when winning at Bangor in November, since when we have had this race at Warwick as his prime target. He’s in good form after a break, and we’ve won this race in the past with D’Argent and West End Rocker, so, though up 7lb, I’m looking forward to running him.
“Similarly, I’m keen to see how Jay Bee Why shapes in the novices hurdle. He had been absent for 11 months before making a winning return over this course and distance in December, having had a wind operation in the interim. I was surprised how well he won that day as I didn’t think he would be quite ready, but we have had this race in mind since and it should tell us where we should be thinking of going next. He’s not the sort of horse who wants a lot of racing, but his preparation has gone well.”
Edwardstone reverts to hurdles up at Market Rasen, having unseated Tom Bellamy before the race had got going on his first time attempt over fences at Doncaster. Alan added:”The owners and I agreed that it is getting a bit late in the season for Edwardstone to pursue a novice chase campaign, so his new target now is the Betfair Handicap Hurdle at Newbury next month.
“He has schooled well since Doncaster, but he needs a prep over hurdles before Newbury for match practice so he goes to Market Rasen for a handicap hurdle, in which he has topweight. He showed when fifth in the Greatwood at Cheltenham in November than he can compete in the top handicaps, and it’s also a plus that he is starting to race properly rather than taking a pull.”