Rain could tempt We Have a Dream to run at Win­can­ton

Bristol Post - - SPORT - Jim BEAVIS post­sport@b-nm.co.uk

TO­MOR­ROW sees Win­can­ton’s big meet­ing of the year. The go­ing was good to firm as of Thurs­day, but with plenty of rain an­tic­i­pated the chances are that the ground will be suit­able for last year’s un­beaten ju­ve­nile, We Have A Dream, to run in the Elite Hur­dle. He is the high­est rated en­try.

The Bad­ger Ales Tro­phy is al­ways hotly con­tested. Present Man, owned by the spon­sors, won last year’s race un­der Bry­ony Frost and tries for a re­peat vic­tory off a mark nine pounds higher. Paul Ni­cholls has a cou­ple of oth­ers en­tered and whichever he runs will be re­spected. Tom Ge­orge’s horses are in form too and Sumkind­ofk­ing has a fair each-way chance if the go­ing is not too soft.

Last week­end En­able proved she was too good for her Breed­ers Cup Turf op­po­si­tion. It re­mains to be seen if she will stay in train­ing as a five-year-old to try to win a third Arc.

It’s re­mark­able that two other glob­ally pres­ti­gious races, the Breed­ers Cup Mile and Tues­day’s Mel­bourne Cup, should go to horses trained in Bri­tain.

As a two-year-old in 2017 Sir Michael Stoute’s Ex­pert Eye won Good­wood’s Group 2 Vin­tage Stakes, but faded af­ter­wards. He fin­ished lame in the De­whurst and was well beaten in this year’s Guineas. How­ever, he re­cov­ered by trounc­ing the op­po­si­tion in the Jersey Stakes at Royal As­cot and col­lect­ing a good race at the Ebor meet­ing. This seemed to mark him as a Group 3 seven fur­long horse, yet his trainer was con­fi­dent he’d get a mile in the high­est grade. And he was proved right, ad­mit­tedly in what may have been a slightly sub­stan­dard re­newal of the Mile. Ex­pert Eye will stay in train­ing.

Char­lie Ap­pleby be­gan Cross Counter’s ca­reer in two lit­tle races at Wolver­hamp­ton last win­ter. A de­ci­sion was made to geld him and in the sum­mer he was beaten in a Class 5 event be­fore win­ning at As­cot and Good­wood. The lat­ter was in the Gor­don Stakes, a St Leger trial, where­upon Ap­pleby and Godol­phin de­cided to go for the Mel­bourne Cup, but with­out a prep run Down Un­der. In­stead, York’s Great Voltigeur was the step­ping­stone, and his sec­ond place there earned him a place in Aus­tralia’s top race car­ry­ing just eight stone. Bri­tish horses, who’d never won it be­fore, fin­ished 1-2-3. Though he fin­ished the two miles well, Cross Counter’s breed­ing doesn’t sug­gest do­mes­tic Cup races are his forte. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see which dis­tances they aim him at.

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