Wincanton-bound Hall Lane will have learned plenty at Market Rasen

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December 19

Early indications from the track this morning were that Alan’s two runners there today will encounter less testing ground than his trio who tomorrow are earmarked for Newbury, where it was raining cats and dogs throughout the night.

However,  Wincanton’s going will still be on the easy side, which won’t bother Hall Lane in the two and a half mile handicap chase. Outsider of five on his debut over fences at Market Rasen last month, Hall Lane delighted Alan in finishing second to a useful winner in The Same.

Alan said:”It was an encouraging start, and Hall Lane jumped well and ought to come on plenty for the experience. He won for us at Wetherby last season, but he somewhat lost his sway after that when he tended to boil over before his races.

“However, we stuck the red hood on Hall Lane at Wetherby and that definitely helped as he was slightly more relaxed before the start. Here’s hoping that today he can build on that good comeback run at Market Rasen,”

Our other runner at Wincanton is Forget The Way, who is similar to Hall Lane in that he is also expected to step up on a promising first run over the larger obstacles at Huntingdon.

Forget The Way, who runs in the Edwardstone colours, is a half-brother to Midnightreferendum, who Alan knows well, having won four races with the mare. Forget The Way runs in the novices handicap chase.