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  • Writer's pictureSimon Long

Change of scenery suits our Newbury winner Emitom

Alan confessed that he went to our local course not knowing what to expect from Emitom, who was having his first race for Barbury.

And, while Emitom had not been in the winner’s enclosure for three years, he had since been dropped 25lb by the handicapper and he never looked like getting beaten here.

Emitom was a decent horse with Warren Greatrix, winning six races and then finishing fourth in the 2020 Grade 1 Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

However, like many a horse before him, a change of scenery worked the oracle, and, reflecting on the performance, Alan said:”I went to Newbury thinking Emitom might win, or he might be pulled up. He had been working well at home and we had been delighted with him, and he looked to really enjoy himself out there.”

Tom Cannon, all smiles as he dismounted from his 60th winner of the season, said:”Emitom travelled really well and appeared well handicapped, but it was his first run for us, so we were just hoping for the best.

“He was loving it and was long at every hurdle bar one, and when I needed him to put the race to bed at the last he pinged it and stayed on strongly up the run-in.”


Tom has four rides today at Newbury.

2:10 JAY BEE WHY - Best recent run when close 3rd over 3m here in February; effective at 2m5f; play part.

Owners - David J S Sewell & David Leadbeater - Trainer - Alan King

Alan added:”Ideally, I’d like to find a two miles and six hurdle for Jay Bee Why, but there aren’t many about so we are dropping him to two and a half here. He was a good third over three miles on this track last month, but he got to the end of his tether in the last 150 yards, so we are coming down in trip.

2:45 LORD BADDESLEY - Made all at Plumpton last month; still unexposed over fences; should go well.

Owners - Richard & Mrs Carol Cheshire - Trainer - Chris Gordon

This lad made all for a comfortable success in a novice handicap chase at Plumpton (2m3f, good) last month, opening his chase account at the fourth attempt.

He is still fairly unexposed over fences and was a good fourth in the 2022 Betfair Hurdle

here and is likely to go well off a light weight here.

4:00 FORGET THE WAY - Well backed and closed late on when third to Dom Perry in maiden at Southwell (2m, good).

Owners - Robert Abrey, Ian Thurtle & David Gibson - Trainer - Alan King

“Of our other two runners there, Forget The Way is gradually improving, so will, hopefully, step up on his Southwell third.

5:10 IRISH CHORUS - Has a couple of bumper winners in her useful pedigree; clear possibilities.

Owner - Mrs E Roberts - Trainer - Alan King

Irish Chorus is a promising four-year-old out of that Listed winning mare of Nicky Henderson’s, Mayfair Music, and she is ready to start off in the bumper.”

Trainer's Chris Gordon and Alan King along with Jockey Tom Cannon are all

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