Lie Forrit can continue learning curve for Amos
Published 29/12/2011 | 05:00
Lie Forrit bids to maintain his unbeaten record over fences in the Ashleybank Investments Novices' Chase at Kelso today.
The Willie Amos-trained gelding was rated as high as 155 over hurdles, but having finished down the field in the 2010 World Hurdle at Cheltenham, an injury forced him onto the sidelines for over 20 months.
The seven-year-old -- which faces only two rivals -- made his return and fencing debut at Kelso earlier this month and ran out an impressive winner, leaving Amos excited for the future.
"I'd rather it was three miles but the race planning in the north at the moment is dreadful and there aren't that many opportunities for him," said Amos. "There are a lot of beginners' chases, but he can't run in those, so the only two options for him were here and a race at Ayr.
"I think the ground at Ayr will be heavy, and while he can go on soft ground with a few heavy patches, proper heavy ground doesn't suit him.
"We were delighted with his first run back. He was just laughing at them at the finish as he does nothing in front.
"Hopefully he might be an RSA Chase horse, but he might not get his ground at Cheltenham. Looking to next season, you'd like to think he could be running in some of the better four-mile races."
Lie Forrit's two rivals -- Bold Sir Brian and Moon Indigo -- were both successful on their latest racecourse starts. Bold Sir Brian looks his main rival, but Lie Forrit should be able to make his stamina count.
Meanwhile, Carruthers will be given some time to recover after requiring some stitches following Tuesday's Coral Welsh National.
Mark Bradstock's popular eight-year-old claimed a famous win when making most of the running in the Hennessy Gold Cup but rarely looked happy in the marathon at Chepstow.
Failing to dominate from his usual position at the front, he was pulled up by Mattie Batchelor at the 18th fence.
"He got struck into very badly behind and he needed six or seven stitches in his back leg," said Bradstock. "There's not a lot of options for him at the moment -- there's the Argento Chase at Cheltenham in January but that's going to come too soon."
Jockey Mark Bradburne has retired from the saddle after a 19-year career.
During periods of injury over the last three years, Bradburne (35) has retrained as an electrician. "This is the right thing for me, for my wife and children and for our long-term future," said Bradburne.
"I have loved my riding both as an amateur and as a professional and I've had a great time."