We have runners across both codes on Saturday, being represented by Cuban Cigar on the Flat at Musselburgh and by Boy’s On Tour and Prince Dundee over jumps at Hexham prior to Petite Rhapsody’s bid for further glory at Perth on Sunday.
Cuban Cigar did well for us over hurdles in the spring, winning at Kelso in March, and he kicks-off his summer campaign back on the Flat in the 1m1f handicap at Musselburgh tomorrow afternoon. It won’t be easy for him up against some in-form and race-fit rivals, but he was a dual winner on the all-weather for Richard Hannon and we’re optimistic about his chances in the hands of Oisin Orr who rode Ballyare to victory for us at Wolverhampton just before Christmas.
The first of our two runners at Hexham is Boy’s On Tour, who lines up in the 2m4f handicap chase. A good third at Ayr prior to a below-par run at Perth last time, he is potentially well handicapped but has something to prove after his latest effort, especially as this will be his first taste of Hexham; his best form to date has come on flatter tracks. In contrast, Prince Dundee is a seasoned campaigner around Hexham and will be attempting to land his third course and distance success in the 3m handicap chase. Indeed, he has yet to win anywhere else! Third under similar conditions at the track last time, his consistency is hard to knock and he has each-way claims once more.
Our 10lb conditional Patrick Wadge has struck up a great relationship with Petite Rhapsody and the pair have been in fine form of late, winning at Perth in April before going down by just 1¼ lengths at the track’s last meeting. He steps back up in distance in the 3m handicap hurdle on Sunday and is fancied to run another big race, especially as the return to the longer trip could unlock further improvement.
Lucinda Russell Racing