Thursday 18 January 2018

Rush is on for Russborough

RUSSBOROUGH finally got off the mark for Venetia Williams last month and now his confidence is riding high, he can make it a quickfire double in the Bet totequadpot Handicap Chase at Stratford tomorrow.

Trained in France in the early days of his career, Russborough made his first start for Williams last March, graduating from a couple of hurdles outings to the switch up to fences this term.

He initially showed some promise in a couple of runs at Catterick, finishing third and second, but the wheels then came off as he was pulled up on his next two starts, although he had valid excuses on both occasions.

Williams was not deterred and her persistence paid off as Russborough put all the pieces together to run out a length-and-a-quarter winner at Exeter, turning in a competent round of jumping to spring a minor surprise.

The handicapper has raised him 3lb for that success which could prove generous given the runner-up has subsequently won a race himself.

MOORLANDS GEORGE did not enjoy the best of fortune last time but perhaps his moment can come in the totepool Racing's Biggest Supporter Handicap Chase.

Eight starts under Rules have yielded little joy for Jeremy Scott's charge but he certainly appears to show more promise over fences than hurdles, as evidenced by his recent third at Exeter.

His jumping improved as the race went on that day, despite getting a bit of a bump at one stage, and he narrowly failed to hold on to second, going down by just under two lengths.

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