Canadian Diamond ‘the
one they have to beat’
CANADIAN DIAMOND is sure to be a popular choice for the 4.10 at Stratford after his chance was advertised on the big stage at the weekend.
Last time out the Brendan Powell-trained hurdler finished second at Ludlow, beaten less than four lengths by Baltimore Rock, who underlined the strength of that form by landing Saturday’s Imperial Cup at Sandown.
Ludlow third Whispering Harry has also scored since, yet Canadian Diamond races off the same mark today, joined by stablemate Sonoran Sands, who won twice in this month in 2012 and is on the comeback trail after a layoff.
What they say
Venetia Williams, trainer of Leviathan
He fell at Taunton last time but seems to have come out of that in good order and we’re hoping for a big run.
Brendan Powell, trainer of Canadian Diamond and Sonoran Sands
I wouldn’t rule either of them out. Canadian Diamond is in good form, the track and ground will suit him and he’s the one they all have to beat on his last run. Sonoran Sands is no mug and has some good form over hurdles. He was dropped by the handicapper while he was off, he’s done plenty of work and he had a spin in a bumper, although he wouldn’t get two miles in one of those in a horsebox.
John Quinn, trainer of Scots Gaelic
He’s in good form and has been running well. His best form in Ireland is over two miles so we feel, with a bit of dig in the ground, he should run well.
Fergal O’Brien, trainer of Owen Na View
I think he wants a bit further but Paddy Brennan thought we should drop him back in trip, so we’ll see how we go. I don’t think he was quite right last time, I hope we’ve improved him from that. His form is very solid.
Charlie Longsdon, trainer of Tidal Way
He has an each-way chance but no more. I think he’ll be seen to better effect in the spring on better ground and we might step him up in trip too.
Harry Fry, trainer of Presenting Arms
We’ve been waiting for better ground and it’s drying all the time. It hasn’t gone to plan to date over hurdles for him, but if he can replicate the run he put in on the all-weather we’d be looking for a good run from him.
Pat Phelan, trainer of Right Step
He has a good each-way chance but is ground-dependent – ideally he would want it good to soft and not tacky. He’s had two good runs for us, he was maybe a little unlucky last time and our claimer Paddy Bradley takes off 10lb.
Plumpton Soft, good to soft in places
Stratford Hurdle good to soft, soft in places; Chase soft
Taunton Soft, good to soft in places