Grandads Horse heads to Wetherby
Last Updated: 15/10/13 3:03pm
Charlie Longsdon: Trains Grandads Horse
In-form trainer Charlie Longsdon will be represented by Grandads Horse in the feature £10,000 Bobby Renton Handicap Chase (3.55pm) over an extended two and a half miles at Wetherby on Wednesday.
The progressive seven-year-old has won two of his four starts over fences and was not disgraced last time when seventh of 16 in a hotly-contested Listed handicap chase at Market Rasen on September 28. He had previously scored by seven lengths in a three-mile novices' chase at Southwell in July.
Longsdon, who has been operating at a 54 per cent strike rate over the last 14 days, reported: "Grandads Horse is relatively inexperienced over fences, but it's a slight drop in grade from the race he ran in at Market Rasen and everything should suit him.
"He walked through the last in back straight at Market Rasen and was virtually tailed off and then ran on again, so there should be plenty of improvement to come once he gets his jumping right.
"The drop back in trip won't hinder him and the most important thing is that there will be a slower pace than there was at Market Rasen, which will help him most of all."
Grandads Horse, who has top-weight of 11st 12lb, will face seven opponents, headed by recent winners Dorset Naga, trained by Anthony Honeyball, and the Lucinda Russell-trained Rudemeister. The line-up also includes Tom George's Golden Call, who will be having his first start since scoring on his chase debut in May, 2012, Tara Rose, winner of a Listed contest at Cheltenham in April, and Owen Glendower, who finished third to Hunt Ball at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival.
Grand National-winning trainer Sue Smith runs No Planning, a Wetherby winner over hurdles, in the Bobby Renton Handicap Chase, and she will have representation across the card, headlined by Stagecoach Pearl in the £10,000 Claim Your Free Bets At welovefreebets.co.uk Handicap Chase over two miles. The front-running grey's nine rivals include course winner Jack The Gent.
Other highlights include a clash between the useful hurdlers Orsippus, a Grade One winner as a juvenile, Bourne and Lie Forrit in the £8,5000 Don't Miss The Bet365 Charlie Hall Meeting Handicap Hurdle (10 runners), which concludes the action at 5.30pm.
The going at Wetherby is currently 'Good' having being watered and Jonjo Sanderson, chief executive and clerk of the course, said: "The going is Good and we completed our watering cycle on Monday afternoon.
"Tuesday has been dry and overcast, with little wind, so the ground has not altered at all and I am very happy with the overall condition of the track in advance of the opening meeting tomorrow.
"The only negative we have is a heavy band of rain forecast for Wednesday afternoon, but it is not due to arrive until mid to late afternoon, so were hoping it will be the latter and we can have a great start to the 2013/14 season."