Fresh from his first experience of the Maldives, Alan is hoping that Nayati can follow the example of stablemate Redicean, who made light of his penalty to win 10 lengths at Kempton last week-end, by enhancing his own Triumph Hurdle claims in tomorrow’s juvenile hurdle at Ascot.
Alan said: ”Nayati settled and jumped well on his debut at Newbury, but he was a bit inexperienced when he hit the front so one would hope that there is better to come, even though the form took a knock when the third could finish only third in Redicean’s race.
The plan for Redicean is for him to return to Kempton for the Adonis Hurdle at the beginning of next month.
Dusky Legend also takes her chance at Ascot in the Grade 2 Mares’ Hurdle. She switches back to the smaller obstacles, having tipped up over fences at Newbury in December, and Alan is encouraged by the fact that there is slight improvement in the ground on the Royal Heath.
We also have Lisp going to Fontwell on Sunday. Alan said: ”It was frustrating that Plumpton was abandoned last weekend, but this looks a good opportunity and he might well prove to be a Fred Winter horse.”