THE DUBAI WAY’S HANDLING OF TESTING GOING IS A USEFUL WINTER ASSET
THE DUBAI WAY
(Chepstow, 7 November)
Won his first four races for Harry Whittington following last year’s arrival from the Irish point field and there was promise to be gleaned from his second attempt over fences in this two-mile Novices’ Limited Handicap.
Regular rider Harry Bannister had The Dubai Way in a threatening position three out but his mount took a bump.
That was the end of his winning chance but the six-year-old stayed on steadily into fifth spot behind Awake At Midnight.
His ability to handle testing ground will be a useful asset this winter.
(Newbury, 8 November)
A strong field went to post for this Class 2 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle and it was won in fine style by Nicky Henderson’s Lust For Glory.
This two-mile trip looked just on the sharp side for well-touted Posh Trish as she was tapped for speed two out before knuckling down to take second spot.
The winner of a Chepstow novice event over 2m 3f last month, Posh Trish also stayed on strongly last season to land a Cheltenham bumper on soft.
Paul Nicholls’s five-year-old was conceding 5lb to the winner here and she can make her mark at a decent level over slightly further.
(Chelmsford City, 8 November)
Glendevon was all the rage for this Class 2 handicap over ten furlongs but the favourite was quite readily held by Primero.
David O’Meara’s gelding was under pressure early in the straight but his stamina kicked in close home as he edged clear.
Primero was beaten narrowly by Hajaam over 12 furlongs at Lingfield last December and can score again on the all-weather after clocking a decent time.
(Newcastle, 9 November)
Has proved disappointing since switching from Ger Lyons to Roger Fell (too high in the ratings) but the handicapper has gradually cut him some slack.
Elusive Heights is becoming a Newcastle regular and added a third place to his Gosforth Park cv behind well-backed Alfred Richardson.
The track was riding quite slick, which seemed to suit Elusive Heights.
(Aintree, 10 November)
Placed no fewer than seven times last season without winning, War Sound fairly routed the opposition in the seemingly competitive Rewards4Racing Handicap Chase.
Tom O’Brien rode a very confident race, cruising into contention three out, and was happy to take a lead from rock-solid King’s Odyssey before dashing clear over the last flight.
Philip Hobbs’s gelding seemed to appreciate this better ground.
(Wincanton, 10 November)
Looked smart when landing the Persian War Novices’ Hurdle at Chepstow last month and confirmed that impression, although ultimately no match for impressive Bags Groove in this Grade 2 ‘Rising Stars’ Novices’ Chase.
His jumping was not as slick and professional as the winner on occasion, which was perfectly understandable on his fencing debut, but there is an engine under the bonnet.