A switch to the New Course for this weekend’s Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup at Cheltenham is likely to be a positive for Attaglance, according to trainer Malcolm Jefferson.
The seven-year-old was fourth, beaten six lengths by Johns Spirit, in the Paddy Power Gold Cup last month which is run on the slightly less-taxing Old Course. As a result Jefferson is hopeful of getting closer to the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Johns Spirit, who is bidding to become just the fourth horse to win both races in the same season.
Attaglance also holds an entry at Doncaster over three miles, but Jefferson said: “If the weather forecast is right he’ll be off to Cheltenham, one race is worth �100,000 and one is worth �20,000. We put him in at Donny just in case it is soft at Cheltenham.
“Technically he’ll be running off the same mark as in the Paddy Power as he was 6lb wrong that day and has gone up 6lb. I think the ground will be even better for him this weekend as they wouldn’t have watered this track like they had done the Old Course earlier in the season. This time we’re on the New Course and it might suit him more.”
Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus, expects all three of their confirmed entries – Colour Squadron, Cantlow and Tap Night – will run. The former was a strong-finishing second to Johns Spirit last month, having not been helped when hampered by the falling Easter Meteor two out, and heads the ante-post market at 5-1 with Paddy Power.
Berry said: “Colour Squadron has come out of the Paddy Power very well and Philip (Hobbs, trainer) is quite happy with him and we’re hoping for a good run.
“I wouldn’t have thought he lost six lengths in the Paddy Power and that may be a bit overboard. He was interfered with but not a lot, although these things happen in racing and he ran very well.
“I’ve no idea if Tony McCoy will be on Colour Squadron and he could opt for any of them – he’ll probably only make up his mind just before declarations time.
Cantlow, a 10-1 chance with the Irish firm, won his last start at Newbury at the end of November, while Tap Night, who is available 20-1, was eighth in the Paddy Power.
Berry said: “Tap Night ran OK in the Paddy Power but was found wanting. He just lacks a bit of experience, but hopefully he will improve with the experience.”Read the rest of the story British Horseracing Authority News Headlines