Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Daly's Hot Seat

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Daly's Hot Seat

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Byline: Racing Preview

Alderburn can end his season on a high with victory in the Betfred Gold Cup at Sandown tomorrow (3.20).

The extended three-mile-five-furlong contest is the feature event on a mixed card at the Esher venue, which also marks the end of the current National Hunt campaign.

Paul Nicholls already has the trainer's title in the bag and it is Henry Daly who can saddle the last big winner of the campaign.

The Shropshire handler looks to have placed Alderburn to perfection in this Grade Three event, choosing his targets well to ensure a featherweight at the bottom of the handicap.

Alderburn suffered an injury when pulled up on his first start of the season but his light regime seemed to pay dividends when he landed a competitive event at Kempton over the Christmas period.

Daly then gave him a bit of a break until last month when he sent him to Newbury for a race that is traditionally a springboard for the major end-of-season prizes.

Alderburn duly ran out a three-length winner over subsequent scorer Alexanderthegreat and could have pulled even further clear had he not idled in front.

The second's win has since boosted the form while the further three winners in behind gives a massive pointer to the selection's chance this weekend.

Alderburn is surely better than his bare rating suggests and although he may not be the biggest price, Daly's charge is the clear pick.

Dempsey will take all the beating in the Grade Two Betfred Celebration Chase (2.40).

Carl Llewellyn's charge has been threatening to win a race of this calibre for some time and judged on his second behind Voy Por Ustedes in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, this could be a perfect opportunity.

Sandown's flat action is highlighted by the Group Three Betfredpoker Classic Trial (4.25) and Petara Bay is fancied to make the transition to Pattern company.

Terry Mills' charge is owned by Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone and he certainly boasts a top-class pedigree being related to classy performers such as Playful Act and Echoes In Eternity.

A Vodafone Derby entry, Petara Bay won one of three starts as a juvenile but looked to have improved over the winter when landing a Newmarket Listed event last week. …

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