The versatile Who Dares Wins so brave in victory
Alan opted out of going “dry” during February this year, and maybe that was just as well as he has had plenty to celebrate this month, Who Dares Wins giving him another big Saturday success in the Grade 2 Pendil Chase at Kempton yesterday.
Who Dares Wins, who dug deep to outgun Southfield Stone from the final fence, has been a truly remarkable horse for owner Henry Ponsonby and his successful syndicate.
This 10th success from just 42 races took the popular eight-year-old past the £200,000 mark in win prize money, but include his place earnings and he has won more than £328,000.
He is so versatile, too, as, while this was his first win over fences, albeit at only the third attempt, he has won three over hurdles, plus six races on the Flat, four on the turf and two on the all-weather, including the prestigious Northumberland Plate on the tapeta surface at Newcastle.
Who Dares Wins joined Alan in November 2015 after a successful spell on the level with Richard Hannon, but the Barbury air clearly suits the horse as his Flat rating has improved from 85 to 107.
Alan said:”Who Dares Wins has been a marvellous servant for the yard and has taken us everywhere – Royal Ascot, Cheltenham, Aintree. He’s given all of us so much pleasure.
“He should have won before over fences – it all went wrong for him at Plumpton, where he walked through the ditch and was nearly brought down, and, though he enjoys soft ground on the Flat, it was heavy that day and he does not want those conditions over jumps.
“I would not be afraid to go three miles and we saw how brave he was at Kempton, but he has three options at Cheltenham and we can mull it over and form a plan.”