Eric Alston revealed his long-term plans after completing a one-two with Charlie Parkes and Piccled in the Akzo Nobel Holdings Handicap ay Haydock Park today.
The betting suggested that Charlie Parkes had the slightly better chance of the pair, and after being headed by his stable companion with a quarter of a mile to race, he rallied gamely under John Carroll to get back up close home.
Of Charlie Parkes, whose owner Joseph Heler is in Spain, Alston said: “Charlie has been a bit disappointing, but the handicapper has dropped him a bit and given him a chance. “
There were no definite plans for that one in the pipeline, but the Preston trainer went on: “Piccled will be a real nice sprinter for next year and I think we may give him a break now because we intend to run him in a £20,000 handicap at Southwell on January 1.
“He is still coming to himself and I like him a lot – five furlongs is his trip and he has won twice at Southwell.”
Piccled’s former trainer Mick Channon, one of only three trainers to top the century mark this season, took his score to 107 when Lady Zonda, ridden by Tony Culhane, set a new seven-furlong course record in the Akzo Nobel Premier Rated Stakes.
Channon’s travelling head lad Andy Larkin said: “The boss brought her back a furlong, we knew there would be a fast pace and she did it well.”
Michael Jarvis’s good run continued when Prayers For Rain, given an enterprising ride by Philip Robinson, gained her second success of the campaign in the European Breeders Fund ‘Reprocolor’ Fillies’ Handicap.
Jarvis is in New York where Tarfshi runs in the Grade One Flower Bowl Invitation Stakes at Belmont Park tonight, and his assistant Roger Varian said: “She likes to get things her own way and she did that quite easily, she just idled in front a bit.
“We had a bit of a quiet spell, but there has been nothing wrong with the horses and they are running well now.”
Alan Daly rides out every day for Marcus Tregoning and he teamed up with the Lambourn trainer to take the September Handicap on Browning.
Carroll and Robinson had ridden a winner here on Friday and so had Brett Doyle, who also struck again when he brought the John Dunlop-trained Blackwater Angel with a sustained run to beat the Queen’s Kirk Wynd in the European Breeders Fund Sale Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.