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Smad Place flies the flag for the seniors at Ascot tomorrow

Smad Place has been responsible for giving Alan a few emotional days, and the boss might be wise to keep a spare pack of tissues in his pocket when he heads to Ascot tomorrow to watch our popular grey stalwart run in the £70,000 Grade 2 Christy 1965 Chase.

Alan said:”He’s won us a Hennessy, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better round of jumping from him than that he produced at Aintree when he landed the Roan Chase on his reappearance.

“We’ve decided to run here rather than humping a big weight back at Newbury next week, and we know he likes Ascot and is effective around this trip. He’s in good order and we are looking forward to it.”

We have four other runners tomorrow, and Alan added:”Perfect Harmony would have a chance in the Ascot opener. He is a fine, big horse who won a bumper at Newbury last season and was a promising fourth on his hurdling debut at Aintree four weeks ago. He could have done with a stronger gallop that day and just got a bit tired at the end, but he’ll come on for that and will also appreciate this step up in trip.

Stockburn runs in the bumper there. He is far from the finished article and was clueless for much of the race at Worcester, but he did start to get the hang of things up the straight and he has just been slow to come to himself mentally. This will do him good before he goes hurdling.

“We also have runners in the first two races at Huntingdon. Mahlermade ran a very pleasing first race over hurdles at Chepstow, and he schooled well on Monday, so, hopefully, he’ll be competitive in the opener, while if the ground continues to improve it would enhance the prospects of Miss Crick in the mares novice chase. She was third on her first run over fences at Fontwell but is high enough in the handicap so we are trying her in novice company.”

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Twin attack on opener at Newmarket on Sunday

Top Tug and Cosmeapolitan both return to the Flat for the £50,000 mile and a half handicap which kick starts Newmarket’s 1000 Guineas programme on Sunday.

Alan said: “Top Tug did well through the winter, winning first time out over hurdles at Kempton and then being placed three times. He was consistent on the level last summer, twice finishing third in decent handicaps at York, so, while this looks very competitive, we are hoping for a good run.

“Similarly, Cosmeapolitan is ready to roll again. He won on his jumping debut at Newbury, but he has been off four months so will probably improve on whatever he does here. He, too, was consistent on the Flat last summer and the fast ground won’t be a problem.”

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Final roll of the dice at Sandown

Fidux is our final runner of the 2016-17 NH season in the opening juvenile handicap hurdle at Sandown on Saturday.
It has been a great campaign for Barbury, and Alan said:”We are looking forward to having a good few runners on the Flat through the summer months, but it would ice the jumping cake if Fidux could win at Sandown.
“He weakened quickly at the top of the hill in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham, and, though he has been dropped 2lb, he still has a stiffish task.
“However, if he could recapture the form he showed previously at Kempton and Musselburgh he’d have a squeak.”

 

 

 

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Cheltenham gone for another year but still good prize money at Newbury tomorrow

Friday 24 March

WE had plenty of places at last week’s Cheltenham Festival and, while it was frustrating that we never had a winner, there were no shortage of positives and we look forward to Newbury this weekend with a degree of optimism.

Alan said:”The EBF Mares’ Novice Hurdle Final has been Tara View’s target for some time. She’s won her last four, a bumper and three hurdle races, and she remains in very good form, though I was glad to see that midweek rain move on as she is best on good ground. We also run Cajun Fiddle, who has been consistent this season, winning once and being in the frame every time.

Timoteo is also consistent and he takes his chance in the juvenile handicap hurdle. He was disappointing at Doncaster last time but he would have a real chance on his previous second at Bangor – the first and third there have come out again and won since – and I don’t feel we have yet seen the best of him.

“The Spring Sales bumper has been a lucky race for us – we’ve won it three times – and it’s a race we target as we buy a good few stores from Doncaster. We run three this year. Harefield is one we have always liked and he ran a very encouraging second on his debut at Exeter, and that experience will stand him in good stead here. Deyrann de Carjac is another we hold in high esteem and he has always shown us plenty at home, but we had wanted to start him off in January but had to take a pull when he had a setback. I would have loved him to have had a prep-run, but he is still very interesting, while Mahlermade is another newcomer who is ready to start, having been a little backward and taken time to come to himself.

Sir Anthony Browne, who finished third in this bumper last season, runs in the John Haine Memorial, and he won first time out over hurdles at Wincanton and then finished second on very testing ground at Footwell. He’ll hopefully be competitive here.

“We also have two runners on the Flat at Lingfield. First Mohican goes for the Fast-Track qualifier. He has been in good form on the all-weather and this is his prep for the Marathon back here on Good Friday, while Oceane is in a tricky little stayers handicap. This mile and five would be a minimum for him around there, but I’m keen to get a run into him before the turf season.”

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