Lalor doesn’t want heavy ground
KAYLEY Woollacott is hoping the ground does not turn heavy for her exciting stable star Lalor in the randoxhealth.com Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown.
The six-year-old put up a faultless display on his chasing debut in a Grade Two event at Cheltenham, beating some highly-touted rivals in the process. A Grade One winner over hurdles already at last season’s Grand National meeting, at this stage the sky is the limit for one of the Arkle favourites – but Woollacott will have one eye on the weather, with rain forecast.
“Lalor schooled on Wednesday, and we were really happy with him. He jumped four fences, and all went well, so it’s all systems go for Sandown,” she told her Betway blog. “We normally give him a bit longer than three weeks between races. But he seems in good form at home – and it’s a Grade One.
“He’ll be absolutely fine on soft ground, but we’d just be a bit worried if it turned heavy.”
Gary Moore’s Diakali arrives with a higher rating, having won his three novice chases to date as a nine-year-old.
Paul Nicholls runs Dynamite Dollars, a seven-length second to Lalor at Cheltenham while Colin Tizzard’s Pingshou, who ran in the same race, takes them on again.
Chris Gordon’s Highway One O One and Henry de Bromhead’s Ornua, the only Irish-trained runner, complete the select field.