Kayley Woollacott: Lalor entered in Henry VIII Novices’ Chase
The Betway ambassador reveals why she might be sending her stable star to Sandown this weekend, and gives the latest on all her pre-Cheltenham plans.
I know after Lalor’s win in the Arkle Trial at Cheltenham I said we wouldn’t go to Sandown for the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase, but we’ve decided to give him an entry.
He’s come out of the race in great form and, although he hasn’t schooled since, he seems in really good order. It would be silly of us not to enter him and at least have a look at the race.
There aren’t a huge number of options for him, so we’ll weigh things up later in the week and make a decision then. I’m not saying he’ll run, but we’ll definitely consider it.
After Saturday there’s the Wayward Lad at Kempton on 27 December, so we could keep him back for that.
At this stage we’re then planning to go to Doncaster for the Lightning Stakes on 27 January as his final race before Cheltenham.
These things can all change, but we’ll see what the entries look like for Sandown. He’ll school this week and, if all is well, we could turn up on Saturday. It’s a Grade 1, after all.
I’ve said before that ideally we want Dickie [Richard Johnson] to ride him, so we’ll also have to see if he’s likely to be at Sandown or Aintree.
The Kings Writ so unlucky
It showed the highs and lows of racing when The Kings Writ (Brian, as he’s known at home) tipped up at the last at Chepstow a couple of weeks ago when he looked to have the race in the bag.
He’d jumped brilliantly up to that point and it was just one of those things. James [Best] tried to steady him into the last to pop it but there was a bit of a miscommunication and they came down.
It was only a few days after Lalor’s win, so we couldn’t be too greedy. I think Lalor and him had a chat in their boxes that night and Lalor gave him some advice for next time!
Brian is absolutely fine and we’re looking at a race at Exeter for him just before Christmas.
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