Visor might rekindle Potterman in the big one at Newbury
It’s seven years since Smad Place won the race which most professionals still refer to as the Hennessy, and, while Potterman, Barbury’s representative in the Newbury Coral-sponsored feature tomorrow, is at least six times the price Smad Place was, Alan is hopeful that our fellow will outrun his odds.
Alan said:”Potterman pleased me on his seasonal debut when finishing sixth in the Badger Beer Chase at Wincanton, where he slipped at the second fence and took a while to regain his confidence.
“Potterman stayed on up the straight, but the way he shaped we thought he might benefit from a headgear, so he schooled in a visor on Monday and looked sharp. He’ll wear it for the first time tomorrow, and, though he’ll need to improve plenty on Wincanton, the visor might help him become a contender.”
Our only other Saturday runner is Senior Citizen, who is also in action at Newbury in the Sir Peter O’Sullevan Memorial Chase.
Senior Citizen has not won since he triumphed at Market Rasen 13 months ago, but he is now 9lb lower than when he finished third in the Greatwood Gold Cup here in the spring, so Alan is hoping he might again be in the mix.
He added:”Senior Citizen has run some great races at Aintree, but he seems to have had enough of those big Aintree fences for the time being and has also done us proud in two attempts here. He schooled well on Monday, so fingers crossed ….”