For­est to give them Ell

Daily Star Sunday - - SPORT - ■ by JA­SON HEAVEY ■ by JA­SON HEAVEY

KELSO have been re­warded for stag­ing a

£30,000 race to­day by at­tract­ing the tal­ented chaser For­est Bi­han.

Trained by Brian El­li­son (be­low), his sta­ble star came within a head of win­ning a Grade One novice chase on Grand Na­tional day when he was chinned on the line by San Benedetto.

But he will take all the beat­ing in the NSPCC School Ser­vice Hand­i­cap Chase at

4.20. The strap­ping six-year-old re­ally came into his own over fences last sea­son and is a horse to fol­low this sea­son.

He may even­tu­ally ap­pre­ci­ate two-and-a-half miles but the stiff track at Kelso should play to his strengths. How­ever, he faces stern op­po­si­tion from Mal­colm Jef­fer­son’s use­ful Dou­ble W’s, Nicky Richards’ Sim­ply Ned and Wisty, who is on a four timer.

Be­yond The Clouds (2.40) also has a bright fu­ture and should win to­day.

Trained by Kevin Ryan, nor­mally associated with the Flat, he will be rid­den by Brian Hughes, who al­ready has 34 win­ners as he tries to bet­ter last sea­son’s tally of 144. gal­lops and it was no sur­prise when she made a win­ning de­but at Don­caster. Burke then tar­geted Don­caster’s Group Two May Hill Stakes over a mile.

Lau­rens used her stamina and long stride to get up on the line to give McDon­ald his big­gest suc­cess.

The rider, who is now set­tled in the beau­ti­ful Wens­ley­dale mar­ket town of Ley­burn with wife Abby and chil­dren Amelia and Lavinia, added: “We knew Lau­rens was good from early on and Karl has done a bril­liant job nur­tur­ing her.

“We wanted to make sure she was ready to run as she is such a mas­sive two-year-old. She has al­ready won a Group Two but next year will be her year.

“Karl picked out the Don­caster race to be fair to him as me and the boss man – owner John Dance – were happy to stick to 7f. On her run at Donny she looks like a 1m 2f horse. She got caught for toe and was only in full flow in the last 100 yards.

“Win­ning a Group One would be the ic­ing on the cake but to do it for these con­nec­tions would make it ex­tra spe­cial. John and his wife Jess have not been in the game that long but they have put so much into it. He has been to the sales for the past three or four years and put his hand in his pocket and has not been afraid to spend money, so he de­serves it.

“They are also good friends of me and my wife so I think that makes it a bit more spe­cial.

“For me and Karl it’s amaz­ing. We are in the game for Group One horses. The plan was to give her two runs this year but it’s not ev­ery day you get a chance to go for a Group One so we would be silly not to try as she is in such great form.”

NA­TIONAL TREA­SURE: PJ and Hot Weld af­ter the 2007 Scot­tish Na­tional

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.