Two interesting hurdlers for Ascot on Friday
Alan had Sheshoon Sonny entered in two races at Ascot on Friday, but he has opted to run this potentially smart novice in the maiden hurdle.
He said:”I was very encouraged with his hurdling debut at Stratford as the track would have been on the sharp side for him. He stayed on well to finish third and ought to improve for both fitness and experience with that race under his belt.
“Sheshoon Sonny progressed through his bumper season, and I’d like to think he’ll do the same over hurdles. He’s quite a heavy-topped horse, so the juice in the ground at Ascot will suit him, and he’ll also appreciate the track more, too.”
Assessing our other two Ascot runners, Alan added:”Galileo Silver makes his jumping debut in the introductory hurdle. He is a horse I like – he was a lightly-raced stayer on the Flat and will improve with experience.
“He is another who is much more effective in soft ground – that is why we ran him on the all-weather in the dry summer – and you would not know you had him in the mornings. He is never flashy on the gallops and is sometimes bordering on horizontal, but his work has improved and he could be good if he takes to hurdling.
“Good Man Pat runs in the three-mile handicap chase, and, though his work was disappointing last week, we did a few tests which revealed nothing abnormal so we might as well get him started.
“He had jumping problems last season, but we discovered that he was suffering from sore shins, which have seemed a lot better through the autumn, so, hopefully, he can build on his win at Plumpton last winter.”