Run takes Old route
Stable stalwart targets repeat victory
Last Updated: September 28, 2012 10:58am
Jonjo O'Neill's stable stalwart Albertas Run is due to kick off his new season in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree on October 27, a race he won last year.
While injury prevented him from reappearing until the Cheltenham Festival in March, he yet again produced a performance of the highest calibre, going down narrowly to Riverside Theatre in the Ryanair Chase.
If he stays sound, races like the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November may be on the agenda this term.
"He had a fantastic season really," O'Neill told the Gloucestershire Echo.
"He had a lot of problems last year, but he's 11, coming on 12, and they all have their knocks and aches and pains.
Great Old Form
"They usually get them when races are coming up but it's the probably the pressure that you're putting on them that causes it.
"But he's come back and he's in great old form and he looks great, and hopefully we'll start off at Liverpool with him again then have a look at Haydock and maybe Ascot.
"It depends on the ground with him and hopefully he'll go back to Cheltenham again in March.
"He's very honest and him and AP (Tony McCoy) run very well together.
"There are a lot of younger horses on the block and it makes it hard for him, but he's come back and he's moving as well ever.
"He seems to be in good form and he loves being in training."