Loxton hoping to have another champion on her hands
Rose Loxton is hoping to finish a season to remember with another success at the hunter chase meeting at Stratford following her win with Caid Du Berlais in the champion hunter chase at the Punchestown festival.
Monsieur Gibraltar bids for his hat-trick this season in the Skinner's Ladies Open Point-To-Point Championship Final (7.15) for lady riders after successes at Cheltenham, over 2m, and Fontwell.
The seven-year-old has a new partner in Page Fuller and Loxton reported the pair had got on well on first acquaintance this week.
“Page came down and sat on him on Wednesday and popped him over a few fences.
“I just hope we've made the right decision to run him in this [over 2m6½f] rather than the 2m race he was in as well. Looking back at his Fontwell win over just a furlong shorter it shouldn’t be a problem.”
Monsieur Gibraltar is one of ten standing in the way of an unprecedented hat-trick for Claire Hardwick, who rides last year's winner Dabinett Moon again, having scored the year before on Penmore Mill.
Novel experience for veteran Creevytennant
There are a few novelties about the 8.25 at Stratford, not least that it is a handicap hunter chase but also because topweight Creevytennant will be racing away from his beloved Perth.
The 14-year-old, who added his fifth win at the Scottish track last month, has not raced left-handed since being pulled up in the Cheltenham Foxhunter five years and 20 races ago.
Trainer Fergal O’Brien said: “We've been forced to run him left-handed and he has got a lot of weight, but he's in great form and his owner Mrs Duncan can go to watch him.
“He won very well at Perth last time and the third, Kilbree Kid, has come out and won since.
“How he will handle Stratford I don’t know but Perth is to his advantage with some of the fences on an angle and he gains a length jumping them there.”
Creevytennant faces the first three from last year’s race, giving 24lb to that winner Curraigflemens and 2st to the placed horses Sam Cavallaro and Swallowshide before taking riders’ allowances into account.
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