Goldie be­lieves Dex­ter’s class can pre­vail

Irish Examiner - Racing - - RACING - By Keith Hamer

Jim Goldie is hop­ing Jack Dex­ter’s class can help him defy top-weight in the fiercely com­pet­i­tive bet365 Hand­i­cap at Don­caster this af­ter­noon.

As a son of Ori­en­tor, one of the best horses Goldie has trained, it is no sur­prise Jack Dex­ter holds a spe­cial place in the heart of the proud Scots­man, and he has cer­tainly come up with the goods on the track so far.

Un­raced as a ju­ve­nile, Jack Dex­ter en­joyed a su­perb three-year-old cam­paign, win­ning five of his 11 starts.

He ap­peared bet­ter than ever when win­ning last month’s Cam­midge Tro­phy over this week­end’s course and dis­tance and while con­nec­tions would have been well within their rights to have a shot at Pat­tern level, he in­stead re­verts to hand­i­cap com­pany.

Goldie said: “We’re look­ing for­ward to run­ning him and I hope they get a bit of rain. I think there is rain fore­cast and good to soft ground would be ideal.

“We were very pleased with his first run back. He’s a class horse and I think that’s what won it for him last time.

“He’s a course-and-dis­tance win­ner and hope­fully he’ll run very well.

“He’s no sure thing, there are some good horses in there, but we’re look­ing for­ward to it.”

Re­new­ing ri­val­ries with Jack Dex­ter from the Cam­midge Tro­phy are both the third and fourth home – Our Jonathan and Hitchens.

Our Jonathan was mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance since join­ing Tim Pitt from Kevin Ryan a fort­night ago and given he is sub­stan­tially bet­ter off at the weights with Jack Dex­ter this week­end, the Newmarket han­dler is un­der­stand­ably op­ti­mistic about his chances.

Pitt said: “We were very happy with how he ran in the Cam­midge Tro­phy and he came out of that race in par­tic­u­larly good or­der.

“I spoke to his owner, Dr (Mar­wan) Koukash af­ter that, and we de­cided if ev­ery­thing went well, we’d aim for this race.

“He was beaten a length and a half by Jack Dex­ter in the Cam­midge, is 4lb bet­ter off at the weights on Satur­day and he’s re­ally 9lb bet­ter off with Robert (Tart) claim­ing 5lb.

“He’s a big, strong lad and a great horse to have in the yard.

“When Dr Koukash rang me at around Christ­mas time to tell me he was send­ing the horse to us, I thought all my Christ­mases had come at once, as he’s a proper Satur­day horse.

“If he runs to his Cam­midge form, he must have a big chance.

“I wouldn’t mind see­ing a bit of rain for him.”

The Ron Har­ris-trained Prodi­gal­ity made a stylish re­turn to ac­tion at War­wick at the start of the month, but is now sig­nif­i­cantly higher in the weights.

Har­ris said: “He’s been put up 7lb for his War­wick win and we could have done with a cou­ple less as then he’d still have been able to run in 0100s, which would have been nice.

“He beat a 99-rated horse (Justi­neo) and whether he’s run to 99 we’ll never know.

“He did it well enough and I’m sure he’ll have come on for the run. It’s a big pot on Satur­day so we’d be mad to miss it.

“I sup­pose af­ter this we’d have to be look­ing at Group races for him, there’s noth­ing be­tween the best hand­i­cap­per and those that run in the Group races.

“I’d imag­ine we’ll take him to Ire­land at some point, too, for some­thing like the Sap­phire Stakes.

“What with him, Judge N’ Jury and Se­cret Wit­ness, I hope to win a cou­ple of nice races this sea­son so we can have an­other good year.”

Move In Time showed smart form in the past when trained by Bryan Smart and there was a lot to like about his win­ning de­but for fel­low York­shire han­dler David O’Meara at Mus­sel­burgh late last month.

O’Meara said: “He seems re­ally well and we were de­lighted with his run at Mus­sel­burgh.

“If he gets six fur­longs or is bet­ter at five, I don’t know yet. We’ll find that out.

“He did win over this trip at two. We just want some luck in run­ning.”

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