Friday December 16

Every trainer yearns to bag one of the big Saturday races through the winter and Alan was lucky enough to hit the jackpot with Raya Star in the £150,000 Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot five years ago.

Tomorrow Alan heads back to the Berkshire course hopeful that in Who Dares Wins he has the ammunition to take the feature handicap – this time under the banner of the Wessex Youth Trust.

Alan said:”The difference is Raya Star had just 10st 1lb and Who Dares Wins has to carry 11st 11lb, but he is a decent horse who won the Gerry Feilden in style at last month’s Hennessy meeting. He has gone up 9lb since Newbury so will need a career-best performance to win, but he deserves to take his chance and he is likely to get a fast-run two mile race which is just what he needs and it is the logical target.”

We also run Annacotty in the Listed Silver Cup, and Alan added:”He has lost a bit of zip over two and a half miles, so I want to step him up in trip as I think things might come easier for him over further. He was flat out last time in the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham where it was not really soft enough over the two and a half miles.”

Our only other runner tomorrow is My Khaleesi in the Listed mares novices hurdle at Haydock. She only got as far as the second on her jumping debut at Fontwell, but she has schooled well since and hopefully will fare better this time.”