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.

22 October 2014

Gosden a Fan of Newmarket scorer
Northern aces face off in Cumbria
December date for Balding memorial
Murphy plagued by shoulder injury
Dynaste charts direct Haydock route
O'Brien outlines Breeders' plans
Deputy outgunned at Fontwell
Wetherby-bound Taquin to duck Power
Whisky chasing Power spoils
High hopes for Adelaide run
Burke maps out Odeliz targets
Present sights set on Power prize
Gilgamboa waits on ground
New category for all-weather champs
Moviesta has sales date
National aim for O'Neill star
Cheltenham on Ginge agenda
Lewis eyeing Dubai success
Henderson handed Ascot role
Dandino misses Cup date
Panther given Breeders' go-ahead
Plain sailing for perfect Storm
Big Easy sets sail for Open fixture
Hall monitored for Giant Bolster
Stomachion in November frame
Hughes revels in 'sweet' success
BHA moves to address small fields
Connell turns to Heskin
Integral to race on next year

21 October 2014

Storm breezes to Exeter victory
Moore concedes title to Hughes
Meade maps out gameplan for stars
Pele poised to tackle Hennessy
O'Neill sure of Taquin redemption
Heron seeking Great prize
Court to go on Trial
Saviour blow for Skelton
Dan makes chase debut
Moore waits on Grugy decision
O'Neill outlines That choices
Conn possible for Auction bid
Power team weigh up options
Bangor cancel schooling card
No rushing back for Long Run
Dynaste leads Old Roan contenders
Grands Crus retired
Exciting Berlais heads to Chepstow
Force handed Hong Kong mission
Park favourite for Trophy hunt
Al Kazeem team eye Hong Kong trip
Commemorative bound for Breeders'
Slade eyeing victorious swansong

20 October 2014

Chelmsford City handed 58 fixtures
Alderwood to take two-mile test
Dynaste leads Old Roan contenders
Hennessy aim for Clouds
Fiesolana on Breeders' trail
High-class possibilities for Trophy
Chelmsford City handed 57 fixtures
French option for Maarek
Billy back for chasing bow
Judge to bid for Breeders' glory
Pipe mulls Moon target
High hopes for Holywell
Judge in Breeders' frame
Hill stars for Stoute and Moore
Gabriel lifts Garnet for Deegan
New One back with a win
Light career hangs in balance
Stars shines on hurdling debut
King big guns ready to start
Tullius camp consider options
Doyle unlikely to appeal Ascot ban
Mullins prepares formidable team

19 October 2014

New One breezes to victory
Lavelle has Becher plan for Lodge
Riches heading on road north
Down Royal plan for Tiger
New makes Kempton return
Panther hunting Canadian prize

About | Terms | Privacy | Manage Alerts | Manage Account | © 2014