Natter Jack Croak
I rode him to finish second at Bangor last month and we would have each-way claims off this mark if coming back to that sort of form. He didn’t reproduce that run in very testing ground at Chepstow last time, but you can probably forgive him that and it was great to see the stable have a winner at Ludlow during the week.
The Worlds End
They have all turned up here, so it is clearly a very big ask for him. And he does have to bounce back from a disappointing reappearance at Haydock, where he shaped well up to a point in what was clearly very testing ground. It could well be it was simply a case of him needing the run badly – just as he did last season – and we know what a hugely promising horse he looked at Cheltenham, when falling, and when winning his Grade 1 at Aintree. He clearly has to improve a fair deal to be competitive in this company, but this will tell us a lot more about where we go with him this season. He schooled well for me during the week.
It was too early to say what would have happened in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury last time, as he had already done plenty of work to get into a challenging position when he fell 3 out. But that is his run-style – he likes to close from off the pace – and he certainly wasn’t without a place chance at the very least when he came down. But who knows? Hopefully, he is on a mark off which he can win if it all clicks, and the fall certainly doesn’t look to have affected his confidence from his recent schooling. His work of late has been good, too.
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