Electrolyser's stable debut creating buzz
FORMER Goodwood Cup runner-up Electrolyser is a fascinating addition to the all-conquering Nicky Henderson yard and makes his stable debut in tomorrow's opening novice hurdle at Taunton.
Now a seven-year-old, the son of Daylami was by no means a back number on the level this summer. In fact, his latest outing at Ascot on Champions Day was probably his best run of the season as he was just over two lengths behind Ascot Gold Cup winner Rite Of Passage in third.
That was no fluke, as he had been running consistently well all year without getting his head in front since his first run of the campaign in a Listed race at Nottingham.
He probably had a fitness edge over his rivals that day as he had the benefit of a couple of runs in Dubai and he was also suited by a bit of cut in the ground.
His ability to handle soft ground will be crucial in this sphere as there appears to be no sign of the rain disappearing any time soon, but with Barry Geraghty a notable booking, he's impossible to oppose.
Donald McCain knows how to handle a smart mare and took the inaugural running of the David Nicholson race at the Festival.
She Ranks Me booked her ticket for that race in March at Haydock on Saturday but McCain may have a smarter prospect in Doyly Carte which steps up in grade for the Listed totepool.com Mares' Novices' Hurdle.
Wins at Musselburgh and Catterick so far this season have been expected and she faces a much tougher assignment here against Alan King's Call Me A Star, but Doyly Carte has shown a decent turn of foot.
Victor Dartnall's Requin can defy top-weight in the staying handicap chase, while at Haydock, the Oliver Sherwood-trained Many Clouds may be up to defying a penalty in the novice hurdle over two miles.