Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bank on Bonney in Sandown Showdown; Full Irish Can Get Rub of the Green in Final

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bank on Bonney in Sandown Showdown; Full Irish Can Get Rub of the Green in Final

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Byline: Garry Owen

I'M NOT kidding when I say that William H Bonney has a serious chance in the Grade 3 Imperial Cup at Sandown.

Alan King's gelding showed some good form as a novice last term, winning twice before finding the step up to Grade 1 company in the Supreme beyond him.

The six-year-old clearly needed the run when down the field on his turn to page two Stick with King's young gun in Imperial Cup FROM PAGE ONE seasonal debut behind the reopposing Bigmartre on his first try in a handicap at Kempton in December.

However, that effort put him spot on for his next start at Cheltenham where he absolutely hacked up from Man Of Plenty in a red hot handicap a month later.

WILLIAM H BONNEY (3.00) then ran below par in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury but I'm keen to forgive that effort as the race came plenty soon enough after his Prestbury exertions.

He should be back to his best after a four-week break and can claim this weaker-looking contest off a mark just 2lbs higher than he won off at Cheltenham.

King said: "We took a gamble on running William H Bonney in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury just two weeks after he won so well at Cheltenham.

"As we feared it might, the race came too soon, but he's done well to recover from a fractured pelvis, and he's had four weeks to freshen up and seems back in good form.

"He's definitely better than he looked at Newbury, where he travelled well to the third-last and then beat a retreat, so we are looking to get back on track in what looks an open race."

FULL IRISH (1.50) can lead his rivals a merry jig in a typically trappy renewal of the EBF Final.

Emma Lavelle's six-year-old showed his liking for this venue when taking a bumper here in 2015 and put in some decent efforts on his first two outings over timber earlier this season.

The Flemensfirth gelding looked more the finished article when hosing up from the front at Plumpton last time and is open to a fair bit more improvement as a hurdler. …

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