Meadowcroft Boy puts his unbeaten record on the line at Haydock

Last Updated: 13/01/14 5:28pm

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Haydock: Saturday test awaits Meadowcroft Boy

Haydock: Saturday test awaits Meadowcroft Boy

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Meadowcroft Boy will bid to extend his unbeaten record to four in the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday

Meadowcroft Boy will bid to extend his unbeaten record to four in the Grade Two Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday

The Alistair Whillans-trained five-year-old developed into a leading bumper performer last season, following up his debut win at Newcastle in March with a decisive length and a quarter success in the valuable DBS Spring Sales Bumper at Ayr in April.

He made an encouraging start to his hurdling career when scoring by 21 lengths in a novices' hurdle at Carlisle on December 1.

Whillans reported: "Meadowcroft Boy has been in grand form since his win at Carlisle. I don't know what the opposition was like, but he won it well enough.

"He jumped well and is very professional. He is like that at home as he works well, but doesn't sparkle. He just does his work and that's it.

"We were thinking of going to Newcastle on Wednesday, but then we thought we would give him a go at a decent race and see how good he is.

"After Saturday, we will know whether we go handicapping or for the better races in the spring, but his bumper form suggests he is pretty good.

"He seems versatile but I would say good to soft or soft ground is fine for him. If it was heavy, I think that would catch him out."

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