Will it be Hip Hip Hooray for Ponsonby at Chester?

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Alan has two runners in Wednesday’s Chester Cup, but Henry Ponsonby, whose syndicates own both horses, has been ordered to refrain from doing a celebratory jig if either Who Dares Wins or First Mohican are successful as he underwent a hip operation on Monday.

Ponsonby, who has a television at the end of his hospital bed, said: “I’ve been told ‘no jumping up and down’, but I’ll certainly be giving the horses plenty of vocal support”

“Alan’s horses are in terrific form, and this has been Who Dares Wins’s target since he finished third in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham in March. We were relieved he got in, and it was only by two.”

“We know that he likes the track as he bolted in by five lengths under 10st on his only visit, and he has a lovely draw in stall seven.”

“Tom Marquand is 3-4 on Who Dares Wins and knows him well, but then Hollie Doyle has also struck up a good rapport with First Mohican, though ideally we would have preferred not to be in the outside stall in 17.”

“That has to be a negative, but First Mohican likes to come from off the pace so at least Hollie will be able to drop him out from there and hope for the breaks.”

“The old horse ran well for her here in a Listed race last year when she couldn’t draw her claim, and they subsequently finished second in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket. This is his first run on turf since.”