Friday May 20
Alan appears in the “hot” list in this morning’s Racing Post, having saddled eight winners from his last 27 runners, and also boasting six places during that two-week period.
Avispa (Exeter) and The Tourard Man (Warwick) did their bit for the jumping team earlier in the week, and Primitivo might well have earned a shot at the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot with another stunning performance to win at Sandown last night.
The handicapper had already put Primitivo up 14lb for winning at Newbury six days earlier, so Alan had no option but to run with his 6lb penalty before the horse’s new mark kicks in, but so impressive was the horse here that it is inevitable that the official assessor will have revised that figure of 95 still further when the ratings are released next Tuesday.
However, Primitivo’s victory comes as a timely boost to the chance of Rainbow Dreamer in the opener at Haydock tomorrow. Rainbow Dreamer finished third to his stablemate in the aforementioned Newbury race, and Alan said:”It was a step up on his first run this season, and they are talking about a possible 15mm of rain in the north west tomorrow, and as he is proven on easier ground I would think it would help Rainbow Dreamer’s chance. He was staying on well at the end at Newbury, so this extra furlong will also be a bonus.”
We also have Henry Ponsonby’s First Mohican running down at Goodwood in the 14-furlong handicap, and he will meet up with Scrutinise, whom he failed by only half a length to give 21lb to over this track last September. Our fellow now enjoys an 11lb pull, and, though he has been running well, we hope a first time visor might help him.”