Valuable new prize attracts a classy line-up
Beltor: the five-length Grade 2 winner is a best-priced 10-1
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Valuable new prize attracts a classy line-up By Cathal Gahan 9:02AM 8 NOV 2016
WITH £15,640 to the winner it is no wonder the inaugural running of Huntingdon's Omni Security Michaelmas Handicap Hurdle has attracted a classy field of seven runners.
The line-up includes Swinton Hurdle second All Set To Go, French Listed hurdle winner Optimus Prime, Irish Grade 3 runner-up Prussian Eagle, Ruacana, who won a Grade 1 as a juvenile, and Beltor, the five-length winner of Kempton's Grade 2 Adonis Hurdle last year.
Robert Stephens, who trains Beltor, said: "He got injured in the Fighting Fifth last year. He chipped a bone in a knee and we had to have it removed. His last two runs of the season were obviously disappointing, but he's had a nice break since and he seems in good shape, so hopefully we can get him back on track."
The Paul Nicholls-trained All Set To Go heads the market at 2-1 and the champion trainer said: "He has a chance as long as it doesn't get any softer. A flat track and faster ground suits him. He was going to go to Wincanton, but that looked a hot race. Stan Sheppard rides him well. He was fairly straight first time up, but they all come on for a run anyway."
Prussian Eagle, who chased home Petit Parisienne and Kalkir when third in the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown in 2015 when trained by Charles O'Brien.
He makes his first start for Evan WIlliams and the trainer said: "I don't know much about him yet. We need to run him somewhere and we should get lovely ground to start him off."