Prescott switches Welsh Bard to turf at Bath
SIR MARK PRESCOTT switches recent Wolverhampton winner Welsh Bard to turf for the first time in the M J Church Handicap at Bath (5.20) this afternoon.
Confined to the all-weather on his five starts so far, the three-year-old should relish the step up to 2m1½f as he is a half-brother to Hebridean, who won at Group 3 level on the Flat and a Grade 2 over hurdles.
Prescott has other runners at the eight-race fixture but Welsh Bard appears to be the trainer's best chance of enhancing his 41 per cent strike-rate at the course in the last five seasons.
Also on the card, jockey Darren Egan has three rides as he bids to extend his lead over Amy Ryan in the apprentice jockeys' championship.
Elsewhere, Newton Abbot (soft, heavy in places) and Roscommon (heavy) both survived the weather to complete today's fixtures.