Note
14 Feb 2011 | 19:15
Nag Me about
To add a NagMe alert you must sign in.
Forgot password?
Not a member yet?

Search: Horse Jockey Trainer Owner All

Progressive Tard ready for battleHeadlines
Pas Trop Tard is heading to Kelso

Maurice Barnes' Pas Trop Tard treads some familiar territory for the Cumbrian trainer in Thursday's BetVictor Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso, providing the meeting passes a 7.30am precautionary inspection.

Just a handful will face the starter for one of the highlights of the season at the Borders course, with the removal of runners by Nicky Henderson, who won the race last year with Simonsig, leaving northern trainers to fight it out.

Pas Trop Tard did not take to hurdling immediately but has really found his feet this season and has won four of his last five starts. The most recent was when coasting 13 lengths clear in a handicap at Ayr on January 3.

Barnes rode the only Scottish winner of the Grand National on Rubstic in 1979 and is based near Brampton. His wife Anne said: "We won the race in 1999 with Caulker, a lovely chestnut who used to run from the front, and he went on to win the Tote Gold Trophy Trial at Ayr for Scott Taylor.

"It's nice to have a horse to fly the flag as we're not a big yard. We thought about going to Cheltenham but I think it's a big ask. He went up 13lb for winning at Ayr and we'll just see how he gets on here."

Barnes paid tribute to stable jockey Michael McAlister, who has been aboard the six-year-old throughout his winning run.

She said: "The penny seems to have dropped with the horse and he gets on so well with Michael. We're so pleased Michael has got the chance on a nice horse. He's not a big horse and we have to space out his races, but it's nice to have a shot at a good race."

Donald McCain, who won the Morebattle the previous year with Peddlers Cross, runs smart handicapper Any Given Day, who showed little on his reappearance at Newbury.

Jimmy Moffatt has taken the trouble to hire Tony McCoy for Morning Royalty, who arrived from the Willie Mullins yard this season and won twice at Carlisle before Christmas. He ran respectably again on his reappearance at Catterick a fortnight ago.

"AP has never actually ridden for me before, but he has some nice rides on the day and let's hope we're good enough for him. I was very pleased with the run the other day, where he was giving away lumps of weight and he took the race well," said Moffatt.

5 March 2015

Ryanair the target for Foxrock
BHA points to whip rule success
Appeal success for Thornton
King Zeroes in on Albert Bartlett
Estrella out of luck in record bid
O'Brien dominates Derby possibles
Coney heads RSA contenders
Big guns stand Champion ground
Long-absent Jack back at Sandown
World misses Bumper run
Chase aims for Cloonacool
Bidourey leads Imperial charge
Ricci highlights Power claims
O'Connor Right for Job
Summers day of reckoning
McCoy honoured by Cheltenham
Now is the right time - Hughes
Fehily gets Kitten Champion nod
Elm blossoming for Guineas date
Cheltenham braced for Power surge
Sceaux stands out in Arkle list
Douvan dominates Supreme list
Games leads Ferguson charge
Cyclone confirmed for Ryanair run
Hard graft key to Govaness dream

4 March 2015

Hughes to retire at end of season
La Estrella on the brink of history
One shines in final school
No major withdrawals from National
Punchestown option for O Maonlai
One shines in final school
Panther on Gold trail
Rock riding plans undecided
Time likely to skip Festival test
Mick misses out
Nacarat suffers fatal injury
Juddmonte 'best race in the world'
Imperial ground worry for Ferguson
Flintshire enjoys Sheema prep
Thakhira on Wulfruna trail
Plastic perfect for Grugy
Queen out to rule at Cheltenham
Chesterfield blow for Ferguson
Cyclone edges towards Ryanair

3 March 2015

Birthday celebration for O'Sullevan
George backs Stellar to star
Balmusette books Newbury berth
Bishop sights set on Fred Winter
Mullins ponders Alderwood gameplan
Chance of a lifetime for Mullins
Kyle hit by Festival fever
Ayr-bound Victory swerves Festival
Winner strikes JCR sponsorship deal
Fontwell washed away
Cue Card out of Cheltenham
Riches camp 'all over' Lough
Waterlogged Fontwell inspects
Waterlogged Fontwell inspects
Sensation ready for Grand Annual
Waterlogged Fontwell inspects
McCoy shines on Sivola
Weekend plan for Lincoln hope Boy
Arzal seeking change of luck
Bentelimar booked for Supreme rule
Watering possible at Cheltenham
Aintree beckons for Milan
Dundalk unlikely for Byron
Sizing team to make late call
Hobbs unveils Cheltenham hopes

2 March 2015

Wincanton Thursday abandoned
Cops on patrol for Pertemps
Stars on show at Cheltenham
Codd angling for Festival glory
Duke set Carlisle agenda
Prospects bleak at Wincanton
Moon camp wary of Irish threat
Magic McCoy on target with Fredo
Azorian back in winning groove
Berlais lands Auteuil prize
Fred Winter favoured for Berbas

About | Terms | Privacy | Manage Alerts | Manage Account | © 2015