Thecornishcockney has good chance, says Ryan
BetVictor.com Conditions Stakes (Fast Track Qualifier) | 2m, 4yo+ | RUK
THE worlds of Dubai, Doncaster and Cheltenham collide today at Kempton for the 16th and last of the fast-track qualifiers to Good Friday's all-weather championships.
In the parade ring for the 11-runner BetVictor.com Conditions Stakes will be Ryan Moore and Jamie Spencer, who shared three wins on World Cup night, Lincoln winners John Ryan and Adam Kirby, and the lesser spotted all-weather intruder Paul Nicholls, who is more likely to use the surface to prep his Cheltenham runners in jumpers' bumpers.
Best in at the weights is the 100-rated Thecornishcockney, representing Ryan and Kirby 48 hours on from their Lincoln win with Ocean Tempest.
Like his stablemate, Thecornishcockney has prepped in Dubai albeit unspectacularly in beating four of 28 rivals in two starts after a year off. The deterrent is softened by two course-and-distance wins at Kempton before that time off.
"Like Ocean Tempest he went out to Dubai after having not had the best of years last season," said Ryan.
"He was an all-weather winner and is coming back fit and well. He likes the track and I hope he has a good chance."
Spencer's mount Castilo Del Diablo was three places behind another of today's runners, Noble Silk, when trying 2m for the second time on March 1, a race in which Nicholls' runner Ranjaan was sixth, two weeks on from getting closest to My Tent Or Yours in a jumpers' bumper at Kempton.
In contrast, Moore's ride Glenard has his all-weather debut aiming to transfer the talent displayed in a £50,000 handicap win at Haydock over 1m4f last summer. It was also at Haydock that another all-weather debutant, Sir Graham Wade, excelled, in the 2012 Old Borough Cup over 1m6f.
When Noble Silk chased home the in-form Litigant last time it was his first run in more than six months and trainer Lucy Wadham felt it a career-best.
She said: "We were delighted and I would say it was his best ever run.
"We were pretty confident about him staying two miles as the family seem to stay very well. I'm not sure if he prefers the all-weather to the turf, but it could be that he is a little bit better earlier on in the year. He is the most beautiful mover and enjoys the surface."
Hexham heavy, soft in places
Today's key pointer
David Pipe is 8-19 at Plumpton since the start of 2012. Count Danilo is his only runner at the course in the 2.20.
Pointer courtesy of Raceform Interactive