The Racing UK presenter has two horses from last week to put in your trackers and has one from the Brian Ellison yard to look out for in the coming weeks.
By Peter Naughton
Dell Oro ran well for a long way when stepped up in trip in Huntingdon’s prestigious event.
Although starting at 16-1, Gary Moore's faith in his horse looks vindicated as he ran well with the market leaders before fading in the home straight.
Moore said: "I've been dying to step him up in trip and he's done fabulously well since making his debut only ten months ago. I think I can win a good race with this horse."
Chasing classy Festival-bound duo Vinndication and Western Ryder, Dell Oro was pushed along before the sixth and wasn't fluent at that obstacle.
He was third before the third-last but lost that position after hitting two-out.
This fine gelding showed enough pace against quality rivals to suggest his turn won't be far away.
In a recent Racing UK interview James Bowen highlighted this gelding as a horse he'd like to keep riding because of his tumbling rating.
The ten-year-old was pulled up in at the bottom of the hill in very testing conditions but he can do better on better ground.
His rating of 135 will drop again and it's only two seasons since he finished three lengths behind Native River in the Grade One Mildmay Novices' Chase at Aintree on good ground. Henry Parry Morgan could pick up a valuable prize in the spring.
Bal De Rio - look out:
I had been in contact with Brian Ellison at the start of the week and the Malton trainer had expressed a very strong fancy for Bal De Rio, who held a couple of entries in maiden hurdles last week.
Twice a winner in France on the Flat, the classy five-year-old was due to wear first-time blinkers but didn’t take up an engagement due to bad weather.
His previous outing produced a fine second at Sedgefield in first-time cheekpieces on Boxing Day and this consistent gelding looks capable of winning a maiden before progressing in handicaps. Remember the name and put it in your Racing UK tracker.
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