Wayne Hutchinson: Ready to rock
Wayne Hutchinson talks us through his four rides at Haydock on Saturday and he's keen on Alan King's Two Rockers.
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I'll be making my way up the M6 on Saturday morning for four good rides at Haydock Park that afternoon and TWO ROCKERS is the one I'm looking forward to the most.
He steps up in grade and in trip for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle over three miles but this exciting son of Milan looks well equipped to deal with the task in hand.
I was at Alan King's, as normal, on Thursday morning and this fellow gave me a great feel as I schooled him over a few hurdles. He jumped really well and I've been looking forward to Saturday since then.
Unbeaten in two starts over 2m 5f at Towcester, I was aboard him for the first of those and was delighted with his debut under Rules. Choc Thornton won on him the next time under a penalty where he further underlined his potential.
Hopefully he can improve again on Saturday. He's done nothing wrong so far, he is improving and as he's won twice over 2m 5f on a tough track like Towcester I don't think three miles on a flat course like Haydock will pose any problem.
Later on the card I have another really good chance of riding a winner as we bid to take advantage of HOLD ON JULIO'S handicap hurdle rating in the Pertemps Qualifier.
Second at Kempton in a novices' hurdle last time, he's been awarded a hurdle mark of 133, so he's 15lb well-in relative to his chase rating.
These things aren't always so simple but he flicked over some hurdles well on Thursday morning - he was in the same school as Two Rockers who I was on - and with ground and trip no problem he must go close.
He has bigger objectives later in the season when he'll be back over fences with the Scottish National and bet365 Gold Cup looking likely targets. But, for now, we'll try and take advantage of his potentially lenient mark over timber.
In the Betfred Grand National Trial I ride TRIGGER THE LIGHT and I'm hopeful of a good run despite his advancing years.
He doesn't run like an ageing 12-year-old and ran well over the course and distance last time. This is a hotter race with the first two from the Welsh National taking each other on again, but my lad won't mind the ground and he's on a competitive mark.
My other ride is on CLOUDY TOO (4.05 Haydock) courtesy of my agent and he looks to be a cracking spare following his impressive win at Wetherby last time.
Up 8lb for that, he's improving over two-and-a-half miles and I'll be giving Timmy Murphy, who rode him at Wetherby, a ring on Friday night to get any pointers.
Finally, I'll quickly reflect on last week's Betfair Hurdle.
First, I was delighted with the run of Manyriverstocross considering he'd been off for two years. He travelled and jumped well before tiring in the bad ground and proved he's still got an engine.
Second, the big talking point: My Tent Or Yours and how easily he won the race. I must say, he made a mockery of his handicap mark and he could be a real top-notch hurdler.
People thought that his tendency to race keenly might be his undoing but it didn't work out like that. He's still improving. He has options at the Cheltenham Festival now but I'd be surprised if connections didn't send him to the Supreme Novices' Hurdle. And he'll be very hard to beat in that.