Punchestown - At The Races

Onemorefortheroad given Ascot target

    Six-year-old aiming for valuable handicap hurdle later this month.
  • Thursday 02 December 2021
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Onemorefortheroad, who upset a few apple carts at Newbury on Friday, will take his chance in the valuable Betfair Exchange Trophy at Ascot before having a break.

The Neil King-trained gelding completed a hat-trick under Jack Quinlan when flooring three better-fancied rivals, including the odds-on Soaring Glory, in the Listed Ladbrokes Committed To Safer Gambling Intermediate Hurdle.

The Barbury Castle handler says his charge has taken the race well and is looking ahead to the spring with the six-year-old.

“He has come out in great shape, actually. He is in really good order. He would not know he’s had a race,” said King.

“We are still hoping to go to Ascot with him for the Ascot Betfair Exchange Trophy a week before Christmas.

“The little horse has taken us to the right places at the minute and we think for sure he will have a break after Ascot between January and February. We’ll see how Ascot goes and then we can plan for the sping.”

Before that, the yard is looking forward to another busy weekend.

King added: “I want to go to Chepstow with Kenyan Cowboy for the UHY Hacker Young Novices’ Hurdle, as that is where he shows all his form, but I am just worried about sending him there with a penalty in a novice off his mark, but he loves Chepstow and to be fair, it is not the strongest novice in the world, so I’m hoping to run him there.

“The other one I’m looking forward to is Malina Jamila at Huntingdon in the Listed Fitzdares Club Adores Henrietta Knight Mares’ Open Bumper on Sunday.

“She ran a tremendous race on her first run this year when third at Wincanton, being beaten a length and a half at odds of 150-1. That is not a fluke. She has generally improved over the summer and I’m very much looking forward to seeing her take her chance there.”