Perth chase test for Dakota Grey
Still Game Associates’ Dakota Grey heads off to Perth’s evening fixture tomorrow where he’ll attempt to translate his recent improvement over hurdles to the bigger obstacles in the two mile novices’ handicap chase at 6.35.
Dakota Grey returned to form when he won a handicap hurdle at Carlisle under champion conditional James Bowen last month and he’s only 6lbs higher here, which shouldn’t be beyond him. He’s failed to complete in two previous attempts over fences but the subsequent achievements of the winners of those races, namely Waiting Patiently and the late Starchitect, suggest that he was a little bit out of his depth and he ought to be much more competitive in a handicap.
As you’d expect so early in the season there’s little chase form of any note on offer here, but Alizee De Janeiro is always a threat at this level over hurdles and Fit For Fifty is likely to be capable of better than he’s shown so far. Alain Cawley is all set for another long day on the road to come and ride Dakota Grey for us and we think he’ll go well.
Our other runner at Perth is County Set Six & Partner’s Late Date in the three mile handicap hurdle at 8.35, he won here off 2lbs lower just over a year ago but he’s not quite reached that level of form in his three subsequent runs, all of which have been over this course and distance.
This looks a wide open and very competitive twelve runner contest with four other course and distance winners in opposition but conditions are in Late Date’s favour and hopefully he can get back on track, Fin O’Toole will be on board.
Things didn’t go our way at Sedgefield this afternoon, where Oscar O’Scar was just denied by 14/1 shot Quick Brew in the two and a half mile handicap chase.
Oscar O’Scar jumped well for Fin and was right in the firing line as they left the back straight but he just got outpaced at a crucial stage and couldn’t quite make up the ground, going down by a length and a quarter as the winner completed a big priced double for jockey Dale Irving and Cumbria based handler Maurice Barnes.
Earlier on the card Rockliffe dropped away quickly in his bid for a three timer in the 2m1f handicap hurdle, Fin felt him lose his action but he was examined by the vet afterwards and thankfully he was found to be sound.
L’Etoile was pulled up lame in the maiden hurdle, he’s back at the yard tonight and we’ll have him checked over, while we took Night Manager out of the bumper as we felt the ground had dried out too much for him.