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Sandy Thomson looking to land Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle with ‘improving’ The Ferry Master

Sandy Thomson will probably be bidding to bag the Listed Rehearsal Handicap Chase for the second time on Saturday, having taken the race in 2020 with Grade One winner Yorkhill.

He pulled off one of many shocks of the season when Yorkhill gained it at 66-1 a yr in the past, and heads to Newcastle with two energetic contenders this weekend.

Both The Ferry Master and Dingo Dollar, who’ve been declared for Saturday’s race, ran within the Scottish National and it was the latter who emerged finest in second behind Mighty Thunder, after the pair raced away from the remaining for a lot of the house straight.

The Ferry Master was almost seven lengths again in fourth, however that solely tells half the story, as Thomson explains. “When they went to Ayr, I was always doubtful if The Ferry Master would stay, but the owners were keen to go.

Dingo Dollar ridden by Wayne Hutchinson clears the last fence to win the Le Chalice Maiden Hurdle Race, at Bangor Racecourse
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Dingo Dollar ridden by Wayne Hutchinson clears the final fence to win the Le Chalice Maiden Hurdle Race, at Bangor Racecourse

“Did he keep? It’s an unanswered query, however turning, in he seemed the winner, and he in all probability obtained there too quickly.

“What we can safely say I think is that he’s not going to be inconvenienced by coming back to three miles, having won over the course and distance as a novice on the same card last year, and I think it’s going to be a stiff ask for Dingo Dollar to give him 17lb.”

The Ferry Master was having simply his fourth run over fences within the Scottish National and so he ought to have loads of scope for enchancment nonetheless, in accordance to Thomson.

“They always say the Scottish National is a fairly rough race, but he handled it really well and jumped well,” he mentioned.

“I’ve got (recent Haydock second) Empire Steel on 142 and (Hexham winner) Doyen Breed amazingly on 143 now. The Ferry Master is only 132, but I wouldn’t like to say which is the best of them. With Nuts Well staying in on top weight, he’s got a lovely weight on 10 stone, although it means Ryan (Mania) can’t ride him.”

“We were delighted with Dingo Dollar’s reappearance at Kelso, as we were with The Ferry Master’s at Musselburgh, and he ran a big race on soft ground in the Ladbrokes Trophy three years ago, so I don’t think he’ll be inconvenienced by the rain they forecast for Saturday.

“It will make it extra of a check, and the house owners would love to run him within the National, so hopefully he’ll run a strong race and hold his ranking excessive sufficient.

“He had a go over the Aintree fences before he joined me, but that was when he had lost his way completely.”

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