Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Western Ryder 'should be winning soon', as Greatrex plans hurdling outing

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Warren Greatrex revealed he is planning on getting Western Ryder out quickly, following his early exit from his hurdling debut at Stratford last week.

The former Aintree listed winner unseated Richard Johnson after his saddle slipped before the third hurdle.

The five-year-old established himself as one of the countries' leading bumper prospects with a fifth place finish in the Champion Bumper, and third in a Grade Two at Aintree.

Despite his unfortunate fall, expectations are still high he can quickly make amends with the option of racing at Wincanton, Ffos Las, Sandown and Kempton over the coming days.

“He seems okay after the race, said the Berkshire-based trainer.

“It’s just one of those things, he fell early and it does happen. I’m sure he will be leaving that run behind him soon, he’s classy horse and he will be winning over hurdles.

"I entered him for Newbury on Thursday, he didn’t do a lot at Stratford so I am keen on getting him out again quite quickly."

The bookmakers currently price him as a  33-1 shot for next year's Supreme Novice Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

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