Tom Scudamore: “I think Seymour Promise has a cracking chance on his hurdling debut”
Coral ambassador previews his Saturday rides and discusses last weekend’s wins
Looking back at Cheltenham last weekend, there’s no doubt it was a surprise to win on Kingswell Theatre, as the likes of Easysland and Tiger Roll clearly didn’t run their races.
That said, he still had to go there and do it, and as we said beforehand, he is a stone better over the cross-country fences. He also got his ground for the first time in a while, and it was great for connections to see him do what he did, regardless of how his rivals ran. Nothing is set in stone but I imagine they’ll look to go back there in December.
Ramses De Teillee was really tough, and having been the bridesmaid in a few of these long distance chases, he deserved to get his head in front. He’d run really well in France the time before, and to beat Yala Enki over this trip, that has to be up there with his best performances.
He’s been entered for the Coral Welsh National, a race he’s been runner-up in, and he does love a test of stamina, but again no firm plans have been made yet.
If those two were great, Siruh Du Lac was a disaster! He was fresh and well, but just over jumped, he went one way, I went another! It was a bitter pill to swallow but the main thing is he’s OK, so we go again. Whether that is in the Ladbrokes Trophy next weekend, or we wait until the December meeting at Cheltenham has yet to be decided, but trip wise we have options.
Huntingdon 11.45 – Seymour Promise
Saturday begins on Seymour Promise, for the Tizzard team which has really hit form now.
He ran well on his debut in a bumper, but less well second time out, he’s been schooling well at home and this looks a good opportunity for him to make his hurdling debut.
Getaway Luv looks the one to beat but I think I have a cracking chance.
Huntingdon 12.15 – Kentucky Hardboot
Kentucky Hardboot finished second behind one of Nicky Henderson’s at Kempton last time, so coming to Huntingdon holds no fears.
As a three-year-old he gets the juvenile allowance here, although I never think it is easy taking on the older horses, even with that weight allowance.
The ground won’t be an issue for him, it’s just a case of whether he’s strong enough to take on these more mature types.
Huntingdon 13.23 – Sizing Cusimano
Sizing Cusimano finished off last season well without getting his head in front, and dropping him back in trip for his reappearance won’t be an issue for him.
There’s very little between the six runners on ratings, on his form of two runs ago Fairway Freddy looks the one to beat but I’d definitely have a major chance.
The yard [David Pipe] run two nice types at Haydock, with Fergus Gillard taking 7 pounds off of both.
Umbrigado (13.50) has promised more than he’s delivered so far, but this intermediate 2 miles 2 furlongs trip should really suit him. He is going to pop up in one of these nice races one day, and you don’t have to look too far back to see he has the form to go close if it all goes right for him.
Main Fact (14.25) has been a revelation, winning eight in a row, including the last three on the Flat.
The more rain the better for him as he’s loves it heavy, but my one concern is that he can hit a flat spot in his races before the turbo kicks in, and on testing ground you wouldn’t want to see him too far behind against these horses, who are a class above those he’s been facing. If he’s in touch turning for home though, he’d have a major chance.