Hugo’s Wild about Doncaster chances
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