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Ed Walker

Ed Walker: feels Nicholascopernicus has benefitted from a summer break

Nicholas wide draw no concern to Walker

NICHOLASCOPERNICUS will not be inconvienced by his wide draw in Saturday's Betfred November Handicap according to trainer Ed Walker.

The three-year-old, 8-1 second favourite for the final big handicap of the Flat turf season, breaks from stall 18 of 23 on Saturday as he chases his fourth victory of the year.

However, with hold-up tactics likely to be employed on Nicholascopernicus, Walker is keen for jockey Luke Morris to remain patient on his first ride on the horse.

Walker said: "He's really thrived this year and he was probably helped by the wet summer we had. I think I asked too much of him at Ascot with three quick runs and we needed to give him a long break after that.

"He seems to have come back better from that and got a second wind and it was a career-best performance at Goodwood last time in what is turned out to be a very good race.

"The draw is no problem as he needs to be ridden with patience. We learnt that you don't want to be at the front too soon with him - that's the key. He's a push button run anyway, a very straight-forward horse."

The going at Doncaster was described as good, good to soft in places on Thursday with only a little rain forecast before Saturday's race, something that Walker regrets despite favourite First Mohican also having a preference for soft going.

"I would rather have the ground like it was last week when it was soft but I understand Sir Henry [Cecil] wants the same so we'll be alright," Walker added. "He's in good nick."

 
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