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  • Writer's pictureSimon Long


Tom Cannon has three rides today at Kempton.

Alan is adamant that we should put a line through the unplaced run of Masaccio in the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury’s New Year meeting.

He said:”Tom (Cannon) felt he was beaten after the first flight, and he looked to be hating the soft ground, doing well to be beaten only nine lengths in such a hot race. He had been only touched off  a nose at the previous meeting at Newbury, and the winner went on to defy topweight at Sandown last Saturday, so his overall form stands up to the closest inspection.

“I’ve always thought of Masaccio as more an Aintree horse than one for Cheltenham, but he is entered for the Baring Bingham and the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdles, so we’ll reassess the situation after the week-end. I just hope Kempton avoid the rain.”

Has performed very well against smart opposition since winning hurdle debut; major player.

Owners - McNeill Family & Niall Farrell - Trainer - Alan King.

Alan also has high hopes for Ernest Gray in the novice chase. He said:”He won well at Southwell on only his second outing over fences, and he ought to again be competitive off a 5lb higher mark.”

Won at Southwell last month and is open to further progress over fences.

Owner - Andy Peake - Trainer - Alan King.

In good form for new yard last spring but has fitness to prove here.

Owners - Mark Tracey & George Baker - Trainer - George Baker.


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