Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle
2m, Class 1
|Saturday 23rd February 2019|
“He is in a few races, including the Dovecote (at Kempton on Saturday). What I would really like would be a just an ordinary novice hurdle with lots of runners in it so he could learn to race."https://t.co/QHkDQrI9Vx— Racing TV (@RacingTV) February 19, 2019
After finishing second in the Grade Two prize on his hurdling debut, Alan King's useful dual purpose performer Scarlet Dragon could now return to the Sunbury track for a second tilt at the Dovecote Hurdle.
The gelded son of Sir Percy, who also holds an entry in the Group Three Betway Winter Derby at Lingfield on the same day, opened his account over hurdles at the third time of asking at Huntingdon on Friday.
King said: “I want to go for the Dovecote with Scarlet Dragon. We might go to Doncaster next week as I would like to get another run in, but it might be tight.
“He was ferociously keen at Huntingdon, but he hit the line well and ran a great race.
“I was just pleased when he went to the front he saw it right out and kept his head in front, as he had not won for more than two years.
“If we get another novice race into him under a penalty, it might just help him not be quite so keen.”
Sky Bet Dovecote Novices' Hurdle
£30,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m, Class 1
|1-1||Angels Breath (IRE) 64||5||N J Henderson|
|/2||Ashutor (FR) 26||5||P F Nicholls|
|/11||Brandon Castle 48||7||N B King|
|15-4121||Brecon Hill (IRE) 44||6||Mrs S J Humphrey|
|3-112||Bright Forecast (IRE) 35||5||B Pauling|
|3-11521||Colonel Custard (IRE) 40||6||Nicky Martin|
|121/5||Daphne Du Clos (FR) 29||6||N J Henderson|
|13||I K Brunel 71||5||Olly Murphy|
|2-1112||Itchy Feet (FR) 97||5||Olly Murphy|
|P/21271||Normal Norman 53||5||J Ryan|
|1-52121||Rouge Vif (FR) 25||5||H Whittington|
|29/-1||Scarlet Dragon 29||6||A King|
|3-11132||Southfield Stone 19||6||P F Nicholls|
|15-105||Strong Glance 56||6||F O'Brien|
|18-1142||Thistle Do Nicely (IRE) 37||5||Jamie Snowden|
|111||Tokay Dokey (IRE) 98||5||D Skelton|
|/0||Twin Star (IRE) 56||5||Noel Williams|