Friday May 13
The eight two-year-olds Alan recently bought at the Tattersalls Breeze-Up Sales in Newmarket are in pre-training with Jamie Magee in Lambourn but will shortly join the team here – “they are a nice, varied bunch, with a couple of Maysons and an Aqlaam among them” said the boss who is looking forward to seeing them on the gallops and plans to syndicate three of them with The Barbury Club – but meanwhile we will run a few jumpers until the end of May, with Hindon Road and Tara View both heading off to Bangor tomorrow.
Alan said:”Hindon Road has had a wind operation, so the more the ground dries up the better his chance would be in the two and a half mile handicap chase. He was still bang there when he fluffed his lines at the last at Newbury last month, eventually finishing third behind Bob Tucker. He drops down a grade here, so will hopefully go well again.
“Tara View runs there in the mares bumper. She was very green first time out at Newbury but ran much better at Cheltenham last month, so we are looking forward to seeing her out again.
“On Sunday we’d be hopeful for another good run from Turn Over Sivola in the two miles and three (furlongs) handicap chase. He ran a cracker to finish second at Kempton last month and a reproduction of that would put him right in the thick of it again.
“The same day Devil To Pay runs at Stratford. He was entered in the novices limited handicap, but we are running him in the open handicap over the longer trip instead. He was only just run out of second place after the last at Fontwell a couple of weeks ago, but that will have done his confidence the world of good as he had tipped up when in contention in his two previous races, at Leicester and Kempton.
“Also at Stratford is The Barbury Queen, who has been running well and will appreciate this drying ground, having been withdrawn at Warwick earlier this week because of the soft ground. She is in the two mile and six (furlongs) handicap hurdle.”