Lalor doesn’t want heavy ground

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KAY­LEY Wool­la­cott is hop­ing the ground does not turn heavy for her ex­cit­ing sta­ble star Lalor in the ran­dox­ 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.

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