Hoof It: 2012 Stewards’ Cup winner runs on all-weather for the first timePICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Hoof It out to turn the corner on Polytrack
VALUABLE prize-money has tempted Hoof It’s connections, who include top golfer Lee Westwood, into running their six-year-old on an artificial surface for the first time.
Hoof It has twice been placed in the Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup, has run at Royal Ascot, on Champions Day and won at Glorious Goodwood, but it has taken the revamping of the all-weather programme to lure him off the grass and on to the Polytrack for the 6f handicap at Lingfield (2.30).
David Easterby, assistant to the sprinter’s trainer Mick Easterby, said: “The prize-money is always a temptation and although he’s never run around a bend before or on the all-weather I can’t see it being a problem. We’ve got a good draw in four and a good jockey, which helps.”
Hoof It is not the only high-class turf runner to be tackling this £45,000 prize with 2012 Stewards’ Cup winner Hawkeyethenoo and the progressive Lancelot Du Lac also in action.
Their all-weather credentials will be challenged, however, by Forest Edge, a winner of his last three starts on the surface including an impressive victory over five furlongs at this course just seven days ago.
Hexham: Soft, good to soft in places
Leicester: Hurdle course - good to soft, good in places; Chase course - good to firm, good in places (good to soft on the Flat course crossings)
Trainer Karen McLintock is 9-27 (33 per cent) with her runners at Hexham since the start of 2005. She runs Ultiep in the 3m maiden hurdle at 1.20.
Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote are 3-6 in Lingfield handicaps this year for a profit of £13.50 to £1 stakes. They team up with Ballista at 2.30.
Pointers courtesy of Raceform Interactive