Clifton Bridge aims to defy his penalty in the bumper at Newbury
Everyone in the yard loves a winner at Newbury, and there is plenty of confidence that we have more to celebrate after Clifton Bridge has run in his second bumper on our local course today.
Alan said:”The bumper Clifton Bridge won first time out looked a good one, so we are hopeful he can run well with his penalty. His owners loves to have runners at the Scottish National meeting, so he could well be aimed at Ayr come April.”
The dry spell will improve Nobby‘s chance in the two-mile hurdle as he got stuck in the mud at Warwick last time. He will also be suited by this drop back in trip and has each-way appeal at his likely odds.
Robiola looks to have sharpened up for his first run at Huntingdon since he joined us from William Haggas, and, hopefully, he will show the benefit of that hurdles debut at Ludlow on Thursday.
Barbury are long-overdue a Cheltenham Festival winner, and stable jockey Tom Cannon has no doubt that in Edwardstone we can boast a legitimate contender to topple the traditional big Irish challenge in March.
Not even Willie Mullins’s ante-post favourite Ferny Hollow frightens Tom, and, talking to The Racing Post yesterday, he said:”Obviously, as always, the Irish will take some beating, but both Alan and I are confident that Edwardstone has what it takes to give him a race.
“Whatever turns up on the day, we will go to Cheltenham thinking we have the best horse in the race and that we can beat anything, and I have every faith in Edwardstone.
“He jumped super in the Henry VIII at Sandown, and next month’s Kingmaker at Warwick is the perfect stepping-stone to Cheltenham. Edwardstone has run well there before over hurdles and he might even be marginally better going left-handed.”