Friday, 2 June 2017

Cheltenham winning trainer Warren Greatrex confident in trio of runners at Perth

Festival winning trainer Warren Greatrex is confident in about the chances of his trio of runners at Perth on Sunday afternoon.

The Berkshire-based trainer established himself as a leading player when he trained Cole Harden to World Hurdle glory, ahead of the popular Saphir Du Rheu.

He hasn’t enjoyed Festival success since, but is expecting his long voyage to Scotland to be worthwhile.

Magic Money takes her place in the Mackie's World Class Indulgence Handicap Chase (2:45), the nine-year-old has rapidly improved quickly.

After two quick wins, she found the step up in class no trouble when finishing second in a listed contest at Cheltenham.

Confidence is high as the experienced mare steps back into handicap company.
“She’s been something of a revelation for us in the spring,” said the Berkshire-based trainer.

“She won two nice races and then was second in a listed race at Cheltenham. She seems in good form, and she’s had a little break.

“She should be fine going up there, and the trip is probably a minimum. She won’t mind the ground, and can make plenty of use for it. She seems in good form, hopefully she can run a good race.”

Cole Harden's World Hurdle victory remains Warren Greatrex's only Cheltenham Festival success.

In the Perth Is The Place To Be Handicap Hurdle (3:15) Attest bids for his third win on the trot for Greatrex.

He battled well to win on both starts at Stratford and Warwick, and looks good enough to overcome a 5lb rise from the handicapper.

“He’s won his last two for us,” said Greatrex, whose trained two winners so far this season.

“He really seems to be in the groove now. He’s in good form, and off a mark of 115 I still think he still looks pretty solid. I’m expecting a big run from him.”

The Caller rounds off the trio in the Heineken UK Handicap Hurdle (4:45). The six-year-old is making his seasonal bow, having finishing last season finishing a long way off when third at Wincanton.

“The ground was probably a bit too quick for him the last day,” said the Upper-Lambourn trainer.

“He ran well in his first handicap at Chepstow. The step up in trip will help, and he seems in good form. He should be up to going close on this sort of mark.”

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