Friday November 10
We have had plenty to celebrate the last two Saturdays, so let’s hope our good run continues tomorrow, when Top Tug flies the flag for Barbury in the November Handicap, which brings down the curtain on the 2017 turf Flat season at Doncaster.
Alan said:”We were twice second in this race with The Betchworth Kid and William Hunter finished fourth last year, so maybe Top Tug will be the one to crack it.
“We shelved plans to go back hurdling as he has kept improving on the Flat, and he is now off a career high mark of 106. He’s done us proud through the summer in the big handicaps, winning at Goodwood and then finishing an excellent fourth from an unfavourable draw in the Duke of Edinburgh at Royal Ascot.
“Top Tug is now six, but he’s kept his form right through the season and produced another solid effort when second at Leicester last week, and we think this race will suit him with the long straight at Doncaster ideal.”
We also have a couple of runners down at Wincanton, and Alan added:”Coeur de Lion runs in the Elite Hurdle now that they have had a bit of rain. It was a bit too firm for him when he ran on the Flat last month, and, though he did work well on Tuesday, he is plenty high enough in the handicap and will eventually want two and a half miles.
“Tara View progressed all through last season and ended up running a super race to finish fourth off topweight in the Mares Final at Newbury. She returns in the handicap hurdle (2m 5f plus).”