Jefferson excited by Glance
Friday date for leading Northern hurdler
Last Updated: October 11, 2012 11:53am
Attaglance: Carlisle appearance
Malcolm Jefferson is confident Attaglance is fit enough to do himself justice on his debut over fences at Carlisle on Friday.
The six-year-old enjoyed a quite magnificent spring over hurdles, collecting valuable handicaps at both the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals to finish off with a lofty rating of 155.
He is clearly one of the most exciting novice chasers in the north this winter and Jefferson cannot wait to get his charge started in Cumbria.
The trainer said: "He's ready to run and he's done everything right at home.
"I would like a bit better ground but we have to go somewhere and as long as there's not 10 inches of rain, all being well we'll let him take his chance.
"I like Carlisle as a track and I think it's a good place to run novice chasers.
"It's a nice little race but our horse is in great order.
"He's not a big, gross horse, he's pretty athletic at home. Hopefully he's ready to run very well."
Attaglance faces just six rivals in the Park Gate "Electric Motors R Us" Novices' Chase, but will have to be on his game if he is to make a winning return.
Rival D'Estruval was second in a Grade Two race at Ayr on his sole appearance over fences, while Amron Lad, Big Occasion, Changing Times and Dark Glacier all bring smart form over hurdles to the table.
The field is completed by Stronghaven, making his first appearance since winning at Kelso over hurdles in May of last year.