Pauling hoping Drumacoo can shine at Newbury

Drumacoo: had an operation on his knee over the summer

PICTURE: Alain Barr (racingpost.com/photos) Pauling hopes Drumacoo
can shine at Newbury By Keith Melrose 9:36AM 14 DEC 2016

SOME smart stayers have claimed the Stan Conway Memorial Graduation Chase at Newbury down the years, including O'Faolains Boy last season.

On ratings the six declared runners this year sit in the high-end handicapper bracket there are a few that could yet promote themselves into graded performers.

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One such example is Drumacoo, who went off favourite for the Reynoldstown on just his second start for Ben Pauling in February.

Trainer Ben Pauling said: "We've declared him in the hope that it's a bit softer than the official going, or there's some rain. He's a lovely horse we think a huge amount of. He looked good at Huntingdon last year but came back from Ascot a bit sore.

"He fractured a knee before he came to us and we had it operated on again over the summer. He's been much easier to train this season."

Better than appears

There is also Camping Ground, who was high-class over hurdles and made an encouraging enough return to chasing last month behind Josses Hill.

Robert Walford, trainer of Camping Ground, said: "We were a bit disappointed after Kempton, but the form looks better now. He's not had many runs over fences in Britain, but the plan is to keep him chasing now.

"It's quite a competitive race and you'd expect Three Faces West to make it a good test. The ground wouldn't be a worry."

The other four will probably return to handicaps, but with none of the field rated below 140 over fences they will be competing

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