Wednesday March 23
Maundy Thursday sees Alan send horses to two meetings, Chepstow and Ludlow, while on Good Friday he hopes to get a slice of the valuable All-Weather Championships Finals prize money at Lingfield with First Mohican.
Assessing our chances of a pre-Easter celebration, Alan said:”A step up in trip might help Brod Na Heireann at Chepstow. He looked a bit one-paced over two and a half miles at Wincanton three weeks ago, so this three (miles) should suit him, while the drying ground might suit Miss Minx in the opening Mares Hurdle.
“Wayne (Hutchinson) heads off to Ludlow, where underfoot conditions have also improved, so he will hopefully he will get a tune out of Magic Music Man in the opening novice hurdle. He has been running well on the Flat while we have waited for the ground to dry up, and he schooled well on Monday so is ready to return over jumps.
“He also rides Avispa, who is another good ground mare. She runs in the two-mile handicap hurdle and is coming back from a mid-season break, and, while you can never guarantee these things, we hope that a wind operation might help her. We also run Lady Persephone in the Mares Novice Hurdle. She got stuck in the mud at Wincanton last time, so is another who will appreciate improved conditions.
“At Lingfield on Friday we have First Mohican going for the £150,000 All-Weather Marathon. He ran well through the winter but will be happy back on the Flat. On ratings he should be bang there at the finish, and he was very unlucky at Wolverhampton last time where he got no run whatsoever, yet was still only beaten two and a half lengths.
“First Mohican is a horse who needs everything to fall right for him and two miles might stretch his stamina, but the prize money is huge and Henry (Ponsonby) and his fellow owners are keen to give it a go.”