Call The Cops embarks on new start in Cumbrian feature
Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Series Qualifier) | 3m1f, 4yo+ | RUK
Former Pertemps Final winner Call The Cops has a first start for Ben Haslam after connections decided on a change of scenery for the topweight following a refusal on his chasing debut at Ffos Las.
Haslam has enjoyed success with similar projects in the past for JP McManus, including with Mr Mole, and is hoping to continue the process with the son of Presenting, formerly trained by Nicky Henderson, who landed the climax to this series in 2015.
Haslam said: "I would have liked to have had longer than 11 days with him but there aren't that many races for horses with his rating so we're giving it a go.
"It's just a coincidence the race is a Pertemps qualifier and we'll see how he goes, but hopefully he'll find the pace of races in the north a bit easier to handle."
George Charlton is hoping veteran Knockara Beau can give his father Alistair, the horse's owner, a tonic as he is only recently out of intensive care in hospital following a car crash.
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The Nicky Richards-trained One For Harry, who will be partnered by Brian Harding, has won on two of his five starts at Carlisle and finished sixth in this race in 2014.
What they say
Ben Haslam, trainer of Call The Cops
He's fit from his run over fences before he joined me and is a high-class horse on his day. This looks the obvious race to start him off in although I'd have liked two or three weeks with him.
Donald Whillans, trainer of Shades Of Midnight
He's in the grip of the handicapper but drops in class from a Grade 2 at Newbury, which could make things a bit easier.
George Charlton, trainer of Knockara Beau
He's 13 now but seems in just as good a form as ever for his first run back, although he'll probably come on for it. We have an eye on a race at Cheltenham in January for him.
Nicky Richards, trainer of One For Harry
It's his first run of the season but he's working well at home and my only concern would be if it's soft enough for him.
Ian Duncan, trainer of Milborough
He unseated over the National fences at Aintree last week so we've put him back over hurdles as a confidence boost. Although that was only eight days ago, he hasn't taken much out of himself and we still hope to take him to the Welsh National.
Iain Jardine, trainer of Sevenballs Of Fire
He's back over hurdles after falling over fences last time but he's schooled well recently. He's at the right end of the handicap and we go there optimistic of a good showing.