• Ian Ender


The ground conditions have certainly taken a turn in the last couple of weeks, with the predicted going for Newcastle on Tuesday at the time of writing suggesting good/good to firm in places, and there are plans to water.

All of our three declared runners are owned by Resdev, so the very best of luck to them. First up in the is The Resdev Way, although he is now a veteran of 72 races, only seven of those have been over hurdles, where he has shown very little to date, hence his very attractive handicap mark of 79. He has been quite keen on occasions over hurdles, so in that respect, this stiff two miles will suit, even so his flat form suggests the trip could be on the short side. As far as the ground goes, he appears very versatile having shown good form on a faster surface, Alain Cawley will take the ride.

Another of our representatives who also looks well handicapped is Desaray Girl, who runs over her optimum trip of two and a half miles at, with Alain Cawley riding her for the first time.All of her form is on a soft surface, so whether she acts on this ground has to be taken on trust. She appeared to be running back into form at Sandown in January, when finishing forth in a Listed mares race, but has since disappointed in a lesser race than this at Wetherby last time out.

Since joining us in October of last year Sincerly Resdev has taken on a new lease of life, from four starts he is a winner, and has been placed third on two other occasions. He runs in the extended two miles and seven furlong race at, with Billy Garritty standing in for the injured Aiden Macdonald, Sincerly Resdev appears to be on about the right mark, in what looks a race lacking strength in depth,but the unknown factor is the trip, as all the best hurdles form is between two, to two and a half miles.

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Good luck to the connections, Resdev.

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