Alfredo takes another step towards Good Friday
Seamus knows what it takes to win the All-Weather Marathon, having captured the valuable prize with subsequent Ebor Handicap hero Litigant two years ago, and he hopes to take another step towards Lingfield on Good Friday with Alfredo when he tries to make it 4-4 on the sand in the two-mile handicap.
Assessing his prospects, Seamus said:”Alfredo does like the surface, but he also ran a cracking race against a good horse (Star Rider) on the turf at Newmarket, so I think when he is on song he is equally effective on good to soft on grass as he is on the all-weather.
“However, he did win well at Lingfield last time and George Baker knows him well. They are now 9lb higher, but I still think he is capable of defying the rise. He started his winning spree off 55 and is now on 82, but we need to climb a bit higher if we are to be guaranteed a place in the Good Friday field.
“I might well run him in a qualifier next time anyway, but we have schooled him over hurdles and he jumps grand, so that gives us another option.
“We also have a nice new horse from Andre Fabre, Seaport. He was owned by Khalid Abdullah and won three in France, two on the turf and one on the all-weather, so he looks pretty versatile and he ought to be ready for his first run for us in February.”