Red Hot Chilly
He has been running solidly throughout the summer and he ran another good race at Wincanton last month, where the trip and track could have been a bit sharp for him. I think this course could suit him better and, with ground conditions to suit and dropped 2lb from Wincanton, it wouldn’t surprise me at all were he in the shake-up here. It’s obviously a very competitive handicap, though, and there are some unexposed ones in there.
He ran a great race first time out when second to Gino Trail here last season, and he is actually 1lb lower here. And that is despite him running a good third for me at Kempton afterwards. He has also finished placed in a Red Rum on good ground, and I definitely think he is weighted to take a hand here, especially with Tom’s horses going well and among the winners. The race has cut up a fair bit, too.
I was obviously gutted when he fell in the Persian War on his reappearance, as that had been the plan for him for a while. Last season, he ran a couple of great races for me, chasing home the very smart Vinndication over 2m4f at Leicester and then running fifth to Lalor in a Grade 1 at Aintree. This is a competitive Grade 2 but it lacks a stand-out and Coolanly has been in good form since that Chepstow mishap. He didn’t miss any work after the fall. I expect a big run here; he’s a good horse.
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