Hang In There fancied for feature handicap hurdle at this weekend's Stratford Racecourse meeting
STRATFORD has attracted 69 entries for Saturday’s seven-race card which is headlined by the Class 2 Happy 18th Birthday Jamie Brister Handicap Hurdle, reports David Hucker.
Course winner Hang In There would have to give weight to all his rivals, but he is a tough character who will take a lot of beating.
Jamacho, part-owned by the Stratford Racing Club, raced over fences last time, but is a three-time winner here over hurdles, including in this race last year, and could be in the shake-up again.
It all gets under way at 1.25pm with the Class 3 National Racehorse Week 12th-19th September Novices’ Hurdle over two miles and half a furlong in which Market Rasen winner Camprond looks to have a good chance.
Although failing to follow up back over the course when only fourth last time, he was beaten just a length in a hot Class 2 handicap, form which puts him ahead of course winners Percy’s Word and Guinness Affair, who is also entered at Fontwell Park on Sunday.
Next up is the Grundon Waste Management Novices’ Chase which has attracted impressive course winner Presentandcounting, already a winner of four chases.
Hooper’s winning run came to an end at Market Rasen where he finished less than a length behind Camprond, but he is a course winner over hurdles and would have a live chance on his chasing debut.
Bagan’s last two runs have been over the Stratford fences without success and a return to hurdles could be on the cards in the Watch On Racing TV Conditional Jockeys’ Selling Handicap Hurdle.
He may have his work cut out to beat Falberto, bought in for £9,000 after winning over the course in March, whose trainer Jake Thomas Coulson was on the mark with Chapati at the last meeting.
Franz Klammer could bid for a course four-timer in the Keogh & Hows Handicap Chase, but has been raised in the weights again and is now 33lbs higher than for his first win.
Rhythm Is A Dancer won over the course in June and Romanor, who is also entered in a later race, is another with course-winning form having beaten Sir Tivo here in July.
Also amongst the entries are Solar Impulse, now at the veteran stage, but who has been in a rich vein of form, and Licklighter, who is also entered at Perth on Sunday. Darling Du Large made some late headway behind Admiral’s Sunset here last month and could be the answer in the NAF Racing Handicap Chase in a race likely to cut up to a small field.
Owner J P McManus has two entries in Ballyneety and dual chase winner Go As You Please, with the latter looking to have the better chance.
Only three of the seven entries in the concluding Andy Townsend Memorial Open National Hunt Flat Race have run under Rules before and Larusso could step up on his debut run when he hung left-handed.