Dusty Dane tries luck in big Belgian chase
PREVIEW: BELGIUM, Tuesday
Waregem: Grote Steeple-Chase vanVlaanderen 2m7f
DUSTY DANE, runner-up in a novice chase at Stratford last time out, steps into handicap company for the £37,000 ING Grote Steeple-Chase van Vlaanderen (Grand Steeplechase de Flanders) at Waregem on Tuesday.
The race is over 2m7f, the distance at which Dusty Dane had won a beginners' chase at Worcester in May. He then finished five lengths second to Commemoration Day at Stratford on July 13.
Danny Cook, who rode the six-year-old in those two races, keeps the mount. He has a record of three wins from seven rides for Dusty Dane's trainer Bill Turner.
Last year's winner Kan Nejd has been put up 15lb to head the 11 runners on 11st 2lb while Dusty Dane carries 9st 13lb.
Philip Carberry rides Marchand de Dames who will be fancied off 10st 1lb. Carberry pulled up on the nine-year-old in a hurdle at Clairefontaine three weeks ago.
Seven days earlier, however, Marchand de Dames had finished a good fourth at the same course in the Prix Stratford-on-Avon - a handicap chase for gentlemen riders over 2m2½f. He was ridden by Donald Mac Auley while Danny Cook finished second on the 63-1 Khan de l'Orme for Francois Doumen.