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Highly-rated Scarlet Dragon set for hurdles





By Marcus Townend for the Daily Mail

Published: 17:08 EDT, 11 October 2017 | Updated: 17:08 EDT, 11 October 2017

Scarlet Dragon will be one of the highest-rated Flat horses to try his hand over hurdles this winter after he was transferred to Alan King’s stable by his owners.

A year ago, Scarlet Dragon won the Old Rowley Cup for trainer Eve Johnson Houghton.

The four-year-old has not won this summer but he came within a head of winning the Group Three September Stakes at Kempton.

Scarlet Dragon will be one of the highest-rated Flat horses to try his hand over hurdles
Scarlet Dragon will be one of the highest-rated Flat horses to try his hand over hurdles

Scarlet Dragon will be one of the highest-rated Flat horses to try his hand over hurdles

Scarlet Dragon runs in the colours of the HP Racing syndicate run by Henry Ponsonby, who has his eye on Saturday’s Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket where his syndicate colours are carried by two King-trained runners, Who Dares Wins (Tom Marquand) and First Mohican (Hollie Doyle).

Who Dares Wins is 10-1 second favourite with Coral after winning the Cesarewitch Trial three weeks ago while First Mohican is a 33-1 shot..

The former galloping companion of the great Frankel when trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil has not run since Royal Ascot but was second in the 2016 Cesarewitch.

Ponsonby said: ‘I’d love to have a one-two. First Mohican was seventh in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot and was not beaten very far.

‘We decided then we would train him for the Cesarewitch so he had two months in a field and a holiday. He will run very well on Saturday.

‘We decided Who Dares Wins would run in the Cesarewitch after he finished third (to Thomas Hobson) in the Ascot Stakes at the royal meeting.

‘He won the trial and got a 4lb penalty but I am not worried about that. He worked better than he has ever done in his life on Saturday.

‘He is a very good horse. He had had a couple of issues coming up to the Trial so there was improvement in him.’

MARSHA, the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Nunthorpe Stakes winner who finished second to Battaash when trying to win the Prix De L’Abbaye for a second time, will have her final career run in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar, California, next month.

The filly runs in the colours of the 10,000-strong Elite Racing Club.

 


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