January 5, 2018
With the horses all having had their vaccinations and testing ground the norm for virtually everywhere in the country, Alan plans a quiet first half of January, with just the two Saturday runners tomorrow and another on Sunday.
Alan said:”Dusky Legend switches back to the smaller obstacles for the Listed Mares’ Hurdle at Sandown. She was travelling well when she took a heavy fall two out in the novice chase at Newbury five weeks ago, but, though she would have gone very close, she is too small for the big fences.
“Having chatted with Robert and Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes, we have decided to switch back hurdling and, hopefully, again make the Cheltenham Festival, where she has been placed the last two years.
“She needed a few stitches in a cut under the eye after Newbury, so we have taken our time with her, though she doesn’t want the ground too deep so any improvement would be very welcome.”
Alan has also shelved plans to go chasing with Criq Rock, who runs in the novice hurdle at Wincanton tomorrow. He’s not won since his bumper days, but he has solid form over hurdles and this comeback run should tell us where we are with him.”
On Sunday Harefield runs in the novice hurdle at Plumpton. I am keen to get him EBF-qualified as I hope he’ll be worth his place in the field for the final at Sandown. I was pleased how well he won at Warwick – he was still a little green when he hit the front but it was a decent effort.”