La Estrella set for Southwell record attempt
La Estrella will attempt to equal the record number of victories on the all-weather at his favourite hunting ground.
Last Updated: 20/01/14 11:19am
His trainer Don Cantillon has earmarked the Coral App Download From The App Store Selling Stakes as the ideal race for the 11-year-old to draw level with China Castle's tally of 25 wins on an artificial surface.
The popular gelding struck at Lingfield for the first time last week to go with his 15 wins at Southwell, seven successes at Wolverhampton and a sole victory at Great Leighs. He has also won one turf race at Pontefract.
"He was a little bit sore for a few days after his run last week," said Cantillon. "His legs have always been the issue but he's fine now and cantered for the first time this morning.
"The race we've picked out next is a mile-and-a-half seller at Southwell on the 28th.
"He hung across the track last week, and had his tongue lolling out, which has never happened before so he may have been feeling his legs.
"It was a brilliant ride by Graham Lee, he's unbeaten in four on him now.
"Michael Tebbutt (former jockey who rode China Castle) has been very informative to all the jockeys who ride him and he advised me to start using Graham.
"He (La Estrella) had to be tough last week, he wears his heart on his sleeve."