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Race horse trainer DAVID LANIGAN

David Lanigan: could have a Group performer with Almodovar

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There’s some jolly interesting racing today – or it might be tomorrow, depending on when you read this. One of my Horse Tracker horses is running.

If you don’t know what Horse Tracker is then it’s about time you did. Go to the Racing Post website, look for Horse Tracker at the top of the page and away you go.

A word (well, several) of advice; when you’ve added a horse to your list it’s best to include a note to remind yourself why you’ve added it.

Otherwise, if you’re me (obviously you’re not) you may forget whether you included it in order to avoid the horse or admire its future triumphs.

Anyway, the horse is Almodovar and he makes his seasonal debut in the 7.25 at Kempton. If I’m right Almodovar will be contesting Group races later this season; if I’m wrong, he won’t.

Tonight (or tomorrow night, see above), the four-year-old, rated 93, carries top weight in a decent handicap and attempts to overcome the burden of being drawn 13 of 13.

Last year I was impressed by Almodovar’s appearance and performance when winning at Ayr and Leicester before finishing second when hanging in a handicap at Pontefract.

A big, attractive, slow maturing type, David Lanigan’s four-year-old could make significant progress this year. If he doesn’t he might end up winning a nice novice hurdle at Wincanton.

As an added bonus, he’s owned by Bjorn Nielsen which means that jockey George Baker will be wearing those nice black with yellow cap colours, if they can find a shirt long enough for him.

Almodovar is probably named after Pedro Almodovar, the Spanish film director who made Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. I’m hoping there’ll be a sequel, Men on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, with some helpful advice.

Almodovar is a nice enough name, more elegant than Bogsnog but Bogsnog (2.35 Ayr) is cleverer.

Kristin Stubbs’s hard working sprinter is by Moss Vale out of Lovers Kiss.

The six-year-old has run 16 times since his last victory, at Thirsk last July and has been going downhill, as has his handicap mark. From a high of 79 Bogsnog is now on 57.

Stubbs has a better chance with the progressive Soie D’Leau in the 4.55.

There’s lots going on. At Ayr, there’s the familiar Irish challenge, with the Adrian Keatley – Kieren Fallon combination holding promising cards in the forms of Nice Vintage (3.45) and Anonymous Lady (4.55), who will launch her challenge late.

It’s nice to see Graham Lee on three of Jim Goldie’s runners and there’s an interesting Listed event (4.20), with Henry Candy sending Chain Of Daisies from Oxfordshire and Colm O’Donoghue, who is riding for Jessica Harrington this year, partnering Brandybend for Marco Botti.

We shouldn’t forget Steph Hollinshead at Bath. They get on well together and meet again through the medium of Belledesert (5.15) whose best runs have been there and is partnered by Adam Beschizza, who has a good record for Hollinshead. I’m not saying that Belledesert will win, I’m just saying …


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