Thursday Feb 25

We have just the one runner down at Exeter tomorrow, but it is an important one as it is Pemba‘s last chance to qualify for the final of the mares hurdle series, which has always been her prime target.

Upbeat after a winner and a short head second at Doncaster yesterday, Alan said:”Pemba is the only four-year-old taking on older mares, but she is a big, strong filly and built more like a gelding. We had to re-route here after Uttoxeter was lost to the weather last week, and she has been in good form at home so I would expect her to run very well.”

We also have runners at Warwick, and, assessing their chances, Alan added:”Give Him A Glance, who goes for the opening EBF Qualifier, needs to learn to settle. He was very free last time, but the ability is there if we can get him to switch off.

“The more the ground dries up the better Forgiving Glance‘s chance in the  two-mile Juvenile Hurdle. She already has black type, so it is important to get a win out of her.

“Finally, Araldur runs in the two and a half-mile handicap chase. The drop back in trip will suit him because when the ground is testing he doesn’t get home over three miles, as we saw at Sandown last time. He ran much better than his finishing position suggests, but the trip in such bad ground found him out. He has won at Warwick before, so, hopefully, will run well.”

Alan this morning confirmed our Skybet Chase winner Ziga Boy for Saturday’s £100,000 BetBright Handicap Chase at Kempton and also rubber-stamped the entry for Ridgeway Storm in the Coral Handicap on the polytrack at Lingfield the same day.