Tuesday August 22
The tempo at Barbury definitely seems to have moved up a gear this past week, and yesterday Alan revealed to Matt Chapman on Attheraces that our star hurdler Yanworth, who bounced back from his Cheltenham disappointment when winning the Grade 1 hurdle at Aintree’s Grand National meeting, would go chasing in the new jumps season.
Alan said:”Yanworth is just starting back and the plan is to go over fences, with Exeter his possible first port of call. It’s a smashing track to get a novice going, but obviously it’s early days to make concrete plans.”
Flip-flopping thoughts between Flat and NH, Alan was delighted to see Nathan come up trumps for Philippa Cooper’s Normandie Stud in the mile and a quarter handicap at Newbury last week-end.
Nathan is entered in the valuable Dubai Duty Free Handicap back on the Berkshire track next month, but Alan, whose only worry was the tacky ground, is keeping his options open.
We have just the one runner today, Fields of Fortune for Henry Ponsonby’s syndicate in the finale at Kempton.
“Like Nathan, we have not had him long – he came from Richard Hannon – and this is both his first run for us and his debut on the all-weather,” so it will be interesting to see how he shapes,” said Alan, who is delighted to have secured the services of Hollie Doyle again.
Tomorrow we run Oceane in the £70,000 two-mile handicap at York, the first day of the popular Ebor meeting, where we also plan to run Top Tug in the main event on Saturday.
Alan added:”Oceane won this race last year and, though now 7lb higher, is in great form and we are hoping that he will again be competitive.
“He has had a break since the Ascot Stakes, in which he ran very well, and the fact that the ground looks like being on the fast side, as it was 12 months ago, is also a plus. We are trying him in a visor for the first time just to make him concentrate.”