Moore keen to see Be­natar in ac­tion

Western Daily Press - - Horse Racing - KEITH HAMER Horse Rac­ing writer

GARY Moore is look­ing for­ward to see­ing Be­natar be­gin his sec­ond sea­son over fences at New­ton Ab­bot this af­ter­noon.

The six-year-old made a bright start to his open­ing cam­paign over the big­ger ob­sta­cles, win­ning his first three races be­fore end­ing with a fine third to Shat­tered Love in the JLT Novices’ Chase at Chel­tenham.

Moore re­ports Be­natar to have sum­mered well and ready to re­sume op­er­a­tions in the Weather­bys Rac­ing Bank In­ter­me­di­ate Chase.

“He’s done pretty well. I couldn’t be more pleased with him and I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing him out,” said the West Sus­sex han­dler.

“He seems in good shape. He’s not very well in with one or two of the oth­ers, but you have to start some- where. I just hope they get the rain that’s ex­pected.”

An in­trigu­ing six-run­ner con­test, over two miles five fur­longs, in­cludes Paul Ni­cholls’ Do­los and the Nick Wil­liams-trained Le Rocher.

Else­where on the card, Stu­art Ed­munds is hop­ing for no more hold-ups with the weather as he looks to give Maria’s Ben­e­fit her de­but over fences. The Newport Pag­nell trainer took the Grade Twowin­ning hur­dler out of her in­tended sea­sonal reap­pear­ance at War­wick last week be­cause there was ‘firm’ in the go­ing de­scrip­tion.

His at­ten­tion now turns to the Devon venue, where con­di­tions are ex­pected to be suit­able for Maria’s Ben­e­fit to take on three ri­vals in the Thank You To All Our Cus­tomers This Sea­son Novices’ Chase.

“She’s in good form. As long as there’s no good to firm in it, she’ll run,” said Ed­munds. “I’ve spo­ken to the clerk of the course and he’s pro­duc­ing good ground. If they got the rain it would be softer, which wouldn’t mat­ter to her. She nor­mally im­proves for her first run back. We’ve done enough work. I just want to get her go­ing now.”

Fly­ing Tiger, from the Wil­liams sta­ble, al­ready has ex­pe­ri­ence over fences, hav­ing fin­ished sec­ond on this track three weeks ago. The Ni­cholls-trained Mont Des Aval­oirs and Nicky Hen­der­son’s Lough Derg Spirit make up the quar­tet.

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