Moore set to be the merrier
Stan Moore can follow up last week’s Lingfield double with more success at the Surrey track today.
Moore, originally from Dromore, Co Down but now based in Lambourn, won at Lingfield last week with Exceedthewildman and Avow, and the latter contests today’s Sporting Membership Stakes along with Craicattack.
Craicattack should go off the favourite but expect Avow to push the other Moore charge all the way.
Moore’s Frameit has each way hopes in the opener, the Breathe Spa Maiden Stakes, while Pyrus Time has an outside chance in the Marriott Claiming Stakes.
Dungannon trainer Lee Smyth’s King’s Jester has an each way shout in the 32red.com Handicap at Wolverhampton tonight.
Jockey Dean Coleman has picked up a ban from Hexham stewards due to a bizarre incident in the Bigtips.co.uk Novices Chase in which only odds-on favourite Noble Alan finished.
Los Nadis was first to go, stumbling on landing at the water jump and unseating Ryan Mania.
That left only two horses but on the run up the hill between the second last and the last Coleman, on board leader Picaroon, tried to turn left as he had done on the previous circuit.
But on the final circuit the runners have to go straight and then turn to the last fence which is jumped only on that circuit.
Picaroon jumped a rail, unseating Coleman.
Noble Alan, who was on his inside, was carried out at the same point and went through the rail. Jockey Brian Harding managed to stay on board Noble Alan and retraced his steps before jumping the last and went on to finish alone.
The stewards allowed the result to stand but suspended Coleman from April 1 to April 19.
Twelve days of his ban is for taking the wrong course and the rest for causing interference. He was also stood down by the doctor and missed his remaining ride.
Harding said: “I was screaming at him to go straight on, but he kept coming and took me out as well.”
Noble Alan’s trainer Nicky Richards said: “He'll now go to Aintree. He was a bit gassy today, but they didn't go much of a gallop and I still think he's a decent horse.”
World Champion sprinter Sacred Kingdom is reported to be fighting for his life after suffering a bout of colic.
Hong Kong-based Sacred Kingdom was due to depart for Japan in preparation for the £1.5m Group 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen on March 27 at Chukyo.
But the six-year-old showed signs of distress prior to take-off.
“By the time the chief vet from Hong Kong Jockey Club arrived, the horse needed immediate surgery,” trainer Ricky Yiu said.
Sacred Kingdom has won 15 times in 23 starts, including the the Hong Kong International Sprint in December.
He won the Group 1 Chairman's Sprint at Sha Tin last month.