Legendary Irish trainer Arthur Moore may not be the force he once was, but he can prepare a likely contender for a handicap and his gelding stuck to his task well over two miles at Sandown in a strongly-run affair which threw up a good time.
Any further easing of conditions won’t be an issue and his attractive racing weight and stylish rider add further confidence.
Haydock must pass an early morning inspection, but if the frost relents then WATERLORD (Haydock, 2.05) could be the answer to the Sky Bet Supreme Trial.
Donald McCain’s improving gelding was highly impressive over course and distance three weeks ago when galloping his five rivals into the ground to score with any amount in hand. His handler was quick to nominate this afternoon’s event as a natural stepping stone and, although First Flow sauntered to a smooth win at Newbury, the selection’s experience of Haydock’s brush hurdles and affinity for heavy ground should stand him in good stead.
AL HAMDANY (Lingfield, 2.35) has posted a series of excellent efforts on the clock and this race looks likely to set up well for him.
The selection was a shade unfortunate that a rival poached a couple of lengths and first run on him last time, but his speed figure was still highly useful and he could gain compensation this afternoon.
DYNAMO WALT (Chelmsford, nap, 3.55) hasn’t been in sparkling form of late but the winner of 10 races and nearly £100,000 in prize money looked in better order at Newcastle last time. Although he could only finish fifth, he was only beaten one and a quarter lengths in a better race than this afternoon’s.
The seven-year-old has done much of his racing at Sunday’s Essex venue recording some decent speed figures in the process plus landing five victories. The speedster now looks ready to return to the winner’s enclosure.
Sunday’s finale can go the way of FRANK THE BARBER (Chelmsford, nb, 4.30), who is yet to prevail at the track but has placed four times form six starts. Unlucky to bump into the aptly-named Good Business over course and distance 10 days ago, the selection has speed figures in the book to take a competitive, if lowly contest.
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