Having missed Grumeti‘s big day at Newmarket last year, one would not be surprised if Alan did not challenge superstition on Saturday and opted out of Newmarket again and instead headed down the M4, where we have two runners at Chepstow.
Gibralfaro runs in the limited handicap hurdle and Who Dares Wins in the Silver Trophy, and, assessing their prospects, Alan said: “Things did not work out for Gibralfaro in the spring after he had looked useful when winning at Kempton and Ascot after Christmas, though he he did not run badly in the Triumph. He has had a good long break and it will be good to get him rolling again.
“Who Dares Wins runs here rather than the Cesarewitch. He won a class four handicap in spectacular fashion on the Flat at Chester and was not disgraced when beaten only three lengths in a class two at Newbury last month. He really strengthened up through the summer, so we are looking forward to getting him back jumping.”
We also have Rainbow Dreamer making his jumping debut in the Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow on Sunday, and Alan added:”He did us proud on the Flat, but he has had a nice two month break since he finished second to Alyssa at Salisbury, and that form looked smart when the winner took a Listed prize at Ascot subsequently. Rainbow Dreamer has pleased us on the schooling grounds, and, hopefully, he can emulate Lord Huntingdon, who went in first time over hurdles last Sunday.”