Dedigout looking to go one better at Wetherby
Today’s meeting at Wetherby got the go ahead after an inspection yesterday and that’s good news for us, as we’ll have runners in four of the seven races.
Lady Of The Rea has her second start for us in the selling hurdle over an extended 2m5f at 2.00. The seven year old Scorpion mare was beaten a long way at Market Rasen last Sunday in her first race under Rules, as a former pointer she’s entitled to improve for this longer trip but she’ll need to if she’s to trouble the likes of 112 rated Saucysioux, who will be a warm order to get back to winning ways, and the Phil Kirby trained pair, Little Bruce and Rock Of Leon. Alain Cawley keeps the ride.
Big Thunder misses his intended engagement in two mile Northern Lights qualifier (3.05).
Dedigout is arguably unlucky not to be chasing a hat trick in the feature three mile handicap hurdle at 3.40 having been beaten a head and a short head in his last two races, both at Ayr.
The twelve year old (above) is up in class here and he’s been edged back up 5lbs since his last run, but we hope he can continue his resurgence off bottom weight with conditions in his favour once more.
Of the other five runners Roycano is returning from two years off the track and former pointer Warthog is an unknown quantity, while Isaacstown Lad has been knocking at the door and Eminent Poet won off this mark as recently as December, but top weight Tomngerry is totally unexposed over this trip and looks sure to run his race and go well.
Our recent seven year old French recruit Square Viviani has his second run in the colours of Stephen and Ryder Sugden in the 2m5f handicap chase at 4.10.
He’s been dropped 4lbs since his UK debut fourth at Catterick a fortnight ago and we’re trying him over a longer trip now, he’ll like the ground and we hope he can go well but we’re still getting to know him and clearly some of the other are coming here in better form, notably Newberry New who steps up in trip in a bid to get back to winning ways.
Wig Wam Wiggle has a foot infection so he won’t be lining up in the two and a half mile novices’ handicap hurdle (4.45).
In the bumper at 5.15 we give a racecourse debut to Tom Hore’s Big Bad Dog, a four year old son of Big Bad Bob and a half brother to Definite Ruby, who won the mares’ handicap chase at last year’s Punchestown Festival for Gordon Elliott.
These are going to be testing conditions for a newcomer but we hope Big Bad Dog can make a good start to his career and he’ll be ridden by Graham Lee, who stops by for a rare National Hunt ride before heading to Newcastle’s evening meeting for one in the last. The two with the advantage of previous experience, Good Boy Bobby and Up To No Good, set a good standard and it’s potentially a really good little race and worth sticking around for!