We are back with have two more eyecatchers to follow in handicap chases for the rest of the season, and both are expected to visit the winner's enclosure on the way.
Read on to see who they are and what type of race we think they can win for us.
The team at Cleeve
11th September - 4.15 Listowel, Guinness Kerry National Handicap Chase, (Grade A) 3 miles, yielding.
Internal Transfer is a nine-year-old gelding trained by Eddie McNamara in Ireland. His sire is the enigmatic Kayf Tara and his dam is the french bred La Dame Brune.
He is relatively unexposed with only the four runs over fences, winning twice. Late to chasing due to injury, Internal Transfer has scope to improve a lot from his current mark. We may well see him targeted at one of the handicap chases at the Festival come March.
On his first run of the 2019-20 season, Internal Transfer ran well to finish fourth in the Kerry National at Listowel. This was only his third chase run and he travelled and jumped well over the three miles. After being headed three out he plugged on gallantly behind Poker Party, showing that there is more to come.
Last time out Internal Transfer was pulled up at Limerick on heavy ground after making a bad mistake four out. The jockey was sensible to pull him up at this stage of his fencing career and he can be forgiven this run in this race on unfavourable ground.
(unfortunately, the video of this race has mysteriously disappeared from the Sporting Life website)
Internal Transfer can prove to be abe a contender in handicap chases this season off his current mark.
13th October, 3.40 Taunton, White Memorial Handicap Chase, 2m 7F (Class 3) Good.
Templepark is a seven-year-old bay gelding trained by Fergal O’Brien. His sire is Phoenix Reach and his dam Kenny’s Dream (out of Karinga Bay). His chasing career has seen him have eight runs over fences so far, winning twice and being placed on four other occasions. He’s an ultra-consistent sort in class three and four handicap chases.
On his latest run he was only beaten one and a half lengths by the improving Walt over two miles and seven furlongs. Both of his chase wins to date have come over two and a half miles, but he does stay op to three miles on decent ground.
There are more races to be won with Templepark in this grade of race. His regular rider, the claimer Max Kendrick is good value, and his trainer will be keen to find more winning opportunities for the horse’s owner Carolyn Kendrick.