Hall Lane aims to get back on track at Warwick on Friday

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February 23

It has been a frustrating week, with no fewer than five seconds, but we have four runners both tomorrow and Saturday, so, hopefully, we might get back on track by the week-end.

Hall Lane, who looked a bit special when winning at Wetherby in October, then disappointed at Huntingdon on Boxing Day, but Alan found nothing showing up when the horse returned home and puts the below-par run down to the tacky ground.

Fingers crossed Hall Lane, who Alan thinks will be a better horse with a summer behind him, will put up a better show at Warwick on Friday, where we have runners in both the bumpers.

Alan seems particularly keen on Baby Sage, who has been doing plenty of work with last week’s highly-rated Ascot runner-up Kay Tara Tara. The filly had a hiccup over Christmas, but is back in good form now and looks interesting.

Vivid Pink was too free at Huntingdon on her debut and Alan has been trying to get her to relax in the mornings. She just needs to switch off, so the early part of her race will tell us whether the penny has dropped.

Our fourth Friday runner is Gavi di Gavi at Wo;verhampton. Andrea Atzeni has been booked to ride. He was a close fourth at Lingfield last time, and the winner is one of the market-leaders for the Lincoln.