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  • Writer's pictureSimon Long

Another Winner No34

Tom rode his 2nd winner of the Cheltenham November meeting

with a great performance on Annual Invictus for trainer Chris Gordon.

Tom has two rides today at Cheltenham.

Another dry night at Cheltenham confirmed Alan’s fears that he would have no option but to withdraw Edwardstone from today’s Shloer Chase.

Alan had been really keen to get our Arkle Chase hero Edwardstone started again as he has not been out since Aintree last April.

He said:”I wanted to give him a race before the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown next month, but Edwardstone is a big, heavy horse who enjoys getting his toe in, and I can’t risk him on ground that is on the tight side.

“It is a long season and it is nobody’s fault. I am not putting the blame at anyone’s door – it is just unfortunate and, having walked the course yesterday, it was an easy decision to make.”

We are promised rain this week, with Ascot, who race on Saturday, expected to get a drenching on Tuesday – the forecast is for around 16mm on the Berkshire course.

With Edwardstone having a mark of 161, he would have to give plenty of weight to his rivals, but, while Alan admits that “it is an unattractive option”, he will make the entry tomorrow and stresses that “it will either be Ascot or we will go straight to Sandown.”

2:55 HARBOUR LAKE - Four wins from five starts; this is much tougher, but he could have more left in the tank.

Owners - Exors Of The Late Trevor Hemmings - Trainer - Alan King

Alan said:”Harbour Lake won well over two miles and three at Market Rasen last month, and, while he now comes back in trip, Cheltenham is a much stiffer track.

“That Market Rasen victory was Harbour Lake’s fourth from five attempts, and he would have gone close at Huntingdon if he had not been brought down at the last.

“However, while Harbour Lake has lots of ability, he is a delicate individual and would not stand too much racing, so we will wait until next season before he goes over fences.

4:00 KAYF LEGEND - Sat well off a free-going leader and came through to score quite convincingly at Stratford.

Owners - The Morestead Remount Syndicate - Trainer - Chris Gordon

This lad sat off a free going leader and came through to score convincingly at Stratford

(good) last time out on his bumper/British debut.

He is feeling fresh and well at home so we hope he's come on for that run and will go

close today.

Photo - Harbour Lake


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