Two “brave” runs from Coeur de Lion and Who Dares Wins at Newbury

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July 21

Borrowing the line of an early hit from Tom Jones – the post-racing gig at Newbury on Saturday – It’s Not Unusual for Coeur de Lion and Who Dares Wins to scrap it out in a big two-mile handicap, and yet again only a short head separated the Barbury pair in the Marsh Cup on the Berkshire course.

The owners walked away with just short of £14,000 for the two horses finishing third and fourth to Withhold, leaving Alan “both delighted and proud” of the efforts of Coeur de Lion and Who Dares Wins.

Despite heavy rain on Friday night, the ground did not ride as soft as expected, much to the disappointment of the connections of our two confirmed mudklarks.

Only once in nine races this year has either Coeur de Lion and Who Dares Wins – the only one of the first four home to come from off the pace – finished out of the frame, and Alan hopes we might be in for a wet autumn.

He said:”They both ran terrific races, and we’ll give them a break now. Who Dares Wins won’t be running in the Goodwood Cup – you cannot keep asking these horses to run all summer – so he’ll have August and September off and if the ground is soft at Newmarket in October he’ll run in the Cesarewitch.

“Who Dares Wins was only 10th behind Withhold in the race two years ago, having started second-favourite, but the ground was good that day and we know he is more effective on more testing going. He would definitely not run at Newmarket if the ground was fast, and further down the road the plan remains to go novice chasing towards the end of the year.”

Meanwhile, we have three runners at Windsor tomorrow evening, including Leicester runner-up Junderstand, so here’s hoping we return down the M4 with some more prize money.