Thursday June 9
The Tourard Man made a winning return to his chasing career at Worcester last week, and with six runners on Friday, three over jumps at Newton Abbot two on the Flat at Sandown and one at Chepstow, Alan is hoping to keep his place in Racing Post’s ‘hot’ list of trainers.
Casting his eyes towards the quintet, Alan said:”Good ground made all the difference to Mille Nautique at Huntingdon last week, and he bolted up by 13 lengths. Nobody was more impressed than the handicapper, who hiked him up 13lb, so with just a 7lb penalty for the two miles and five (furlongs) handicap chase at Newton Abbot we have to roll the dice again. We are effectively 6lb well in, but they still have to go and do it.
“Having finally got her head in front again at Southwell three weeks ago, Avispa‘s confidence is sky-high, and she attempts the follow-up in the mares novice hurdle down there.
“Remarkably, Avispa had finished second six times since her previous victory, at Aintree’s Grand National meeting two years ago, so having broken the jinx we hope that she can build on that.
“Our other runner on the West Country course is Dun Bay Creek in the opening novice hurdle. He is new to me this year and has been a slow learner, but he has always struck me as one who would improve as he gains more experience and, having had a break since being pulled up in the soft at Kempton in January, he is ready to return.”
Of our Sandown duo, Alan added:”Giveaway Glance won in the heavy at Lingfield last season and then ran a solid race in a nursery three grades higher at Newmarket, and it will be good to get her started again. Having been off for a while, she’ll obviously improve for this first run back, and with heavy showers forecast here and there I would not complain if one or two hit Sandown as it would increase her chance in the fillies handicap.
“Jim Dandy has had his comeback run, and he ran well until tiring at the furlong-pole at Goodwood. He won his maiden in good style at Salisbury last year and is a decent horse, and, being rated 80, he just creeps in their 10-furlong three-year-old handicap, while at Chepstow in the evening Martha McCandles, who showed a bit of promise in two of her three bumpers, makes her Flat debut in the maiden.