Tritonic makes eagerly-awaited jumping debut at Ascot
We have enjoyed a couple of Saturday specials since the turn of the year, and Alan has big hopes that our Royal Ascot runner-up Tritonic, who makes his jumping debut in the bet365 Juvenile Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday, can spark off more celebrations.
Alan said:”Tritonic was a classy Flat horse who is rated 99 on the level, having been beaten half a length in the Golden Gates Handicap at the Royal meeting, and he could have a very big future as a hurdler.
“He had a nice break after coming back from being gelded, and his schooling and preparation has been good, so this looks the right place to start.”
Alan has twice won the Triumph Hurdle, with Penzance (2005) and Katchit (2007), and, while he hopes that Tritonic might emulate that pair at Cheltenham, he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground until this smart recruit has taken this first test in his new career.
Also in action at Ascot is Valleres in the EBF Qualifier, and Alan hopes this will be the stepping-point to a tilt at the final of this series at Sandown on the eve of the Cheltenham Festival.
Alan added:”Valleres won first time out at Wetherby and has been runner-up twice since, bumping into what looked a smart novice in Star Gate in Graded company at Sandown in early December. His break has done him good, so we hope for another solid run.”