Friday April 8

Subsequent Ascot Gold Cup winner Trip to Paris took the mile and a half handicap at Lingfield 12 months ago en route to stardom – he also captured the Chester Cup – and, while we are not claiming that Top Tug, our representative in tomorrow’s race, will reach the same heights, Alan is looking forward to seeing how he shapes on his first run for us.

He said:”Top Tug had some decent form for Sir Michael Stoute last season, finishing third in a good handicap at York in August and also showing that he can handle an all-weather surface, and this looks the perfect race to get him rolling.”

With Midnight Prayer not making the cut for the Grand National and Yanworth not now making he trip up the M6, we have no runners for Aintree’s biggest day, but provided it does not rain cats and dogs we’ll be busy at Market Rasen on Sunday.

Alan added:”Kerrow wants good ground so, hopefully, conditions will continue to dry as he has been knocking on the door and should run well in the maiden hurdle, and Devil to Pay steps up to two miles and five for the novices handicap chase up there. He has an ‘F’ against his name for his last two runs, but that does not tell the true story as he was going well and would have finished a good second had he not tipped up at the last at Kempton. This extra distance should enable him to stay in his comfort zone.

“I think that The Mumper will stay three miles and we’ll find out when he runs in the staying handicap chase up there, while our 10lb conditional rider Kevin Dowling rides Fred Le Macon in the two and a half miler. He rode The Tourard Man at Ascot last week and also finished fourth on ‘Fred’ at Ludlow in December.”