Hugo’s Wild about Don­caster chances

The Racing Paper - - News - By Sam Jack­son

HUGO Palmer is look­ing for­ward to a re­turn to ac­tion at last for To Be Wild in the Marathon­bet Novem­ber Hand­i­cap at Don­caster.

The lightly-raced fiveyear-old has been side­lined for 18 months, but Palmer rates the Big Bad Bob geld­ing highly and can­not wait to get him started – al­beit on the fi­nal day of the Flat turf sea­son.

“It’s fan­tas­tic he’s com­ing back and I’ve been very happy with how he’s been train­ing at home,” said the New­mar­ket trainer.

“We know he’s a soft­ground horse, so it’s not like we’ve been miss­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties all sum­mer.

“It’s his first run since he’s been gelded. I’ve al­ways thought he was an ex­cit­ing horse, and his work this au­tumn has done noth­ing to change my mind. He’s fit enough to do him­self jus­tice.”

Now Chil­dren heads to Town Moor on the back of a con­vinc­ing vic­tory at Good­wood four weeks ago on soft ground, which gives trainer Clive Cox rea­son to be op­ti­mistic.

“He won re­ally well at Good­wood last time,” said Cox. “I’m re­ally pleased with him, and he’ll ap­pre­ci­ate any rain that’s forecast.

“It’s a nice draw (seven). It’s a mile and a half, so there’s plenty of time.

“He coped with some very soft ground at Good­wood, and I was pleased with that suc­cess. He comes here on an up­ward curve.”

Lore­lina’s win­ning run came to an abrupt end at Good­wood in Septem­ber, but trainer An­drew Bald­ing put that down to her tack­ling a dis­tance that ex­posed her stamina lim­i­ta­tions.

“She’s been pretty con­sis­tent all year, bar her last run at Good­wood, where we felt she didn’t quite get the mile and three-quar­ters,” said the Kingsclere han­dler.

“Com­ing back to a mile and a half will be more her ter­ri­tory. Any rain that falls will help her chance.”

Wil­liam Hag­gas is hop­ing for a de­cent ef­fort from My Lord And Master, who stayed on strongly for sec­ond place be­hind Aquar­ium over 10 and a half fur­longs at York.

Hag­gas said: “This was the ob­vi­ous race for him and he seems in good form. Any cut in the ground will suit him.”

John Ryan ex­pects Grey Bri­tain to be cherry ripe af­ter an en­cour­ag­ing dis­play at As­cot five weeks ago in his first race for five months.

“He’s in good or­der and this has been the plan for a while – so I hope he’s fit and well to take his chance,” said Ryan.

Eve John­son Houghton has put a line through What About Carlo’s last run, and is more con­cerned about the seven-year-old hav­ing to carry top weight.

“The hand­i­cap­per’s not been very kind to him, but we’ve put Ge­or­gia (Do­bie) on, our young ap­pren­tice,” she said. “She’s rid­den him at home and knows him well, so we’re tak­ing a bit of weight off.

Soft ground horse:To Be Wild

De­light: Hugo Palmer

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