January 12, 2018
Soft ground proved the downfall of highly-rated newcomer Crushed at Catterick on Thursday, but Alan is hopeful that Redicean, who, along with Nayati would seem the best of our juvenile hurdlers this season, can enhance his growing reputation at Kempton on Saturday.
Alan said:”The original plan was to take Redicean to Huntingdon on Friday, but we had a rethink and he goes back to Kempton, where he was so impressive on his jumping debut over Christmas.
“Redicean was slightly novicy early on, but he travelled so well and he should improve as he gets more experience. We only got him at the end of October and then had him gelded, so it was a bit of a rush to get him ready for Kempton, and I loved the way that he came straight back on the bridle after landing a bit awkwardly at one hurdle down the side which is always a good sign.”
This week’s weather can only have improved the chances of veteran Smad Place, who runs in the two and a half mile chase on the Sunbury course.
Alan added:”Victory in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree in the autumn meant that Smad Place would be too high for any more handicaps, and this race might suit him well.
“We are two-handed in the Lanzarote Hurdle. River Frost has been off since the Silver Trophy at Chepstow, in which he ran creditably to finish close up in fifth. He probably needed that first run back, but his subsequent absence is not due to any problem, just the fact that we haven’t been able to find the right race for him. He’s in good order and I think he’ll be very competitive.
“We also run Dino Velvet, who has improved since we stepped him up in distance and ran much better at Newbury last time, while The Devils Drop, who goes for the three-mile hurdle, should also be suited by going up in distance as he is a strong galloper who stayed well in his point-to-point in Ireland and is the type who will keep on plugging away.”