Tom Scudamore: “Handicapper has given this horse a great chance”
Coral ambassador Tom Scudamore previews his weekend rides
He got his head back in front last time at Newton Abbot which was great for the horse and his connections. It was a decent performance over hurdles.
He is now back over fences in this where he will be wearing blinkers for the first time. I schooled him the other day and he was in good form. I think he has a lively each-way chance.
This horse is better known as a chaser, but he won well over hurdles at Worcester on his latest start. He has only gone up 5lb for that victory, so the handicapper has been fair to him. I have to say, he surprised me with how well he did it at Worcester on his first start of the season. I expect there will be a lot more to come from him on his second outing of the campaign.
He made a perfect start for us when he scored over hurdles at Ayr last month. He was expected to win that race, but he did it in style. On ratings, we have a bit to find on Nube Negra and Edwardstone, but he is not a million miles behind. He is an honest type who is on the up, so hopefully he takes a big step forward here in a strong field.
He seems in great form at home. We were hoping to start out last week in the veterans’ race at Sandown, but unfortunately that was called off. He knows his way around Cheltenham. I won on him in this race in 2020 when he beat Yala Enki. He was off a mark of 149 that day and he is now down to 137. The handicapper has given him a chance and it is up to us to take it.
Sam Thomas had a great couple of days last weekend, winning the Grand Sefton at Aintree. I am sure many people will have seen the news around Dai Walters. We wish him very well in his recovery. Sam has won this race in the past and he has a good bumper record. I am hoping he thinks a lot of this fella to put him in Listed company first time out. He has some good yard figures in his yard. I am really looking forward to riding this one.
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