With Yanworth switching back to the two-mile route, thereby missing Cheltenham tomorrow, we look elsewhere for a Saturday celebration, with Midnight Tour and Mia’s Storm both being confirmed for the OLBG Handicap Hurdle at Prestbury Park.
Alan said:”Midnight Tour is a decent mare and, though she has gone up 11lb for winning at Hereford, she is at the top of her game right now, while Mia’s Storm travelled well into the straight at Ascot last month but then got tired between the last two flights. I’d hope Mia’s Storm will have come on for that and there is still not too much rain about which is good news for her as she won twice on good ground in the spring. She schooled over fences on Monday and could go chasing soon, but one step at a time.
“We have a couple of nice juvenile hurdlers in Timoteo and Coeur de Lyon and it makes sense to keep them apart, so we’ve declared one for the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham and the other for the Summit Hurdle at Doncaster.
“Timoteo is a French recruit for the Million in Mind syndicate and he was placed in France, and I have been happy enough with him at home and this first run for us should tell us where we stand, while Coeur de Lyon was a progressive horse on the Flat an stayed on well to win on his hurdling debut at Wetherby.
“We’ve also got entries up at Doncaster and Sego Success has run some of his best races at Town Moor, so, hopefully, he’ll go well in the Bet365.com Handicap Chase. I was pleased with his comeback third at Bangor.
“We also have Ziga Boy in the Doncaster race. It was frustrating to see Tom Bellamy knocked off him at the first fence in the Becher Chase at Aintree last Saturday, but he has seemed fine through the week so we roll the dice again.”