Sandy Thomson shall be bidding to bag the Listed Rehearsal Handicap Chase for the second time on Saturday, having taken the race in 2020 with Grade One winner Yorkhill.
He pulled off one of many shocks of the season when Yorkhill received it at 66-1 a 12 months in the past, and heads to Newcastle with two full of life contenders this weekend.
Each The Ferry Grasp and Dingo Greenback, who’ve been declared for Saturday’s race, ran within the Scottish Nationwide and it was the latter who emerged finest in second behind Mighty Thunder, after the pair raced away from the remaining for a lot of the house straight.
The Ferry Grasp was almost seven lengths again in fourth, however that solely tells half the story, as Thomson explains. “After they went to Ayr, I used to be all the time uncertain if The Ferry Grasp would keep, however the homeowners have been eager to go.
“Did he keep? It is an unanswered query, however turning, in he regarded the winner, and he in all probability received there too quickly.
“What we will safely say I feel is that he isn’t going to be inconvenienced by coming again to a few miles, having received over the course and distance as a novice on the identical card final 12 months, and I feel it is going to be a stiff ask for Dingo Greenback to offer him 17lb.”
The Ferry Grasp was having simply his fourth run over fences within the Scottish Nationwide and so he should have loads of scope for enchancment nonetheless, in keeping with Thomson.
“They all the time say the Scottish Nationwide is a reasonably tough race, however he dealt with it rather well and jumped effectively,” he mentioned.
“I’ve received (current Haydock second) Empire Metal on 142 and (Hexham winner) Doyen Breed amazingly on 143 now. The Ferry Grasp is just 132, however I would not prefer to say which is the most effective of them. With Nuts Nicely staying in on prime weight, he is received a stunning weight on 10 stone, though it means Ryan (Mania) cannot trip him.”
“We have been delighted with Dingo Greenback’s reappearance at Kelso, as we have been with The Ferry Grasp’s at Musselburgh, and he ran an enormous race on smooth floor within the Ladbrokes Trophy three years in the past, so I do not assume he’ll be inconvenienced by the rain they forecast for Saturday.
“It can make it extra of a take a look at, and the homeowners want to run him within the Nationwide, so hopefully he’ll run a strong race and maintain his ranking excessive sufficient.
“He had a go over the Aintree fences earlier than he joined me, however that was when he had misplaced his method fully.”