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Ballyalton (white cap): Sets a stiff task for Racing Pulse
John Quinn has opted to set Racing Pulse a very stiff challenge by testing him against Ballyalton in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham on New Year's Day.
A winner of an Irish point, and then a Naas bumper for Mick Winters, the gelding was bought by Carl Hinchy and joined Quinn in North Yorkshire.
Racing Pulse made the perfect start in bolting up by 17 lengths at Newcastle but must now face one of the best novice hurdlers seen this season in the Ian Williams- trained Ballyalton.
Only beaten once in seven starts to date, Ballyalton scored over two miles and one at the Cheltenham December meeting but this step up in trip might imply that this race's namesake would be his Festival target.
Quinn said of his charge: "He's a nice horse and he has done whatever we've asked of him so far.
"He doesn't seem devoid of speed and we're going to find out a lot more about him one way or another, as there are two or three decent horses in there."
Royal Regatta is unbeaten in three for Philip Hobbs while Aubusson< is another interesting contender for the red-hot Nick Williams, as are Vivaldi Collonges and Flementine.