Thursday August 31
We had mixed luck on the track last week-end – Top Tug travelled well for a long way in the Ebor at York, but things got tight up the straight and ultimately his mark of 105 anchored him, but Just In Time showed plenty of spirit to win on his first attempt at a handicap down at Goodwood – and Alan is hoping for a similar celebration this Saturday, when Who Dares Wins runs in the £37,000 Listed handicap at Chester.
Alan said:”Who Dares Wins has enjoyed a nice break since running such a stormer to finish third in the Ascot Stakes at the Royal meeting in June.
“He has won around Chester before and also ran a terrific race to finish fourth in the Chester Cup in May, so we have no qualms about the track. He seems in super form and we hope that he’ll again be competitive.”
Who Dares Wins will be accompanied up the M6 by stablemate Manor Park, who runs in the opening two-year-old novice.
Alan added:”Manor Park showed plenty of promise on his debut at Sandown and will hopefully have learned a lot from that.
“He is owned by Max McNeill and his family, and a good run from this fellow would come as a timely pick-me-up for them as Max recently was forced to call time on their versatile and hugely popular stayer Grumeti.”
Bought at the Horses-in-Training Sales six years ago, Grumeti gave the McNeills so much fun, and, reflecting on those days, Max said:”Grumeti was a very smart juvenile hurdler, winning Grade 2’s at Cheltenham and Kempton, and, though he disappointed in the Triumph, he bounced back to clock up that Grade 1 hurdle at Aintree’s Grand National meeting.
“He’s probably best known for that never-to-be-forgotten 50-1 success in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket two years ago, and happily we have found him a new home nearby so we can still see him regularly as he starts winding down in retirement.”