James Nash is hoping his veteran performer Your Busy will lead his rivals a “merry dance” in Sunday’s John Smith’s Summer Cup at Uttoxeter.
With £80,000 up for grabs, a quality entry has been received with Grade One winner Menorah and Cheltenham Festival victor Ballynagour at the head of the weights.
That suits Nash, though, as his stable star has not raced with such a low weight on his back for a long time and the 2014 Kerry National winner is reportedly showing all his old enthusiasm at home, despite his advancing years.
“As long as it doesn’t get very soft then he’ll run,” said Nash.
“We’ve booked Katie Walsh, who won the Kerry National on him, and it just seemed sensible to do that given his weight and the fact she knows him so well.
“He might be 13 now but his work at home is as good as ever.
“His best days have been at Listowel and Killarney and he’s run some great races at Liverpool and they are all flat, left-handed tracks, like Uttoxeter, so I’ve had this race in mind for a while.
“With all that money up for grabs, we expected a good field and while Menorah is very good, him being in it means we’ve got a lovely racing weight and you’d have to be hopeful.
“Our lad could lead them a merry dance getting all that weight.
“We’re in bonus territory with him now but he retains all his enthusiasm.”
Four races were due to be run on the turf track but heavy overnight rain has left areas of the ground waterlogged.
Further rain is forecast so clerk of the course Ed Arkell feels it best to make the switch as no improvement in conditions is anticipated.
He said: “After 23mm rain last night, following another week of unsettled weather, the turf is saturated with standing water in places and currently unraceable.
“We cannot reasonably expect any significant improvement ahead of Saturday evening’s fixture. Therefore, the four races scheduled to be run on the turf will now take place on the All Weather track.
“While we’re pleased the fixture can still go ahead we are continuing to further investigate the situation regarding the turf with our agronomists, Professional Sports Turf Design, who are best placed to recommend any remedial work that may need to take place.”
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