Concern for Feather weight
Owner looking forward to seeing Hobbs ace in action however
Last Updated: January 12, 2012 4:21pm
Owner Terry Warner fears that leading William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle fancy Featherbed Lane has too much weight in Saturday's big race.
Trained by Philip Hobbs, the seven-year-old has won both his starts for the Somerset handler in the manner of a rapidly improving horse.
However, he has not escaped the handicapper's attention, being put up 9lb for a win at Ascot over two miles and a further 15lb for an easy win at Aintree in soft ground over two and a half miles.
"I'm looking forward to seeing him run again but he'll have just about top-weight," said Warner.
"What is in his favour is that he likes it soft, he could be the only one that likes the going.
"The turn around with Decoy, the horse he beat at Ascot is terrible, he's a stone worse off for beating him just over two lengths.
"Hopefully, with the softer ground and the longer trip, that might even it out a bit but I think he's got plenty of weight.
"We bought him as a prospective chaser, Philip told me to buy him, so what he's doing now is a bonus.
"He ought to make a nice chaser, he's a lovely stamp of a horse.
"He'd have a squeak on Saturday but there's bound to be a couple better handicapped.
"I like Ohio Gold of Colin Tizzard's. I have horses with Colin and he told me he'll run and he's in good form.
"I nearly bought him actually. He was a bit disappointing the first two runs this season but since then he's blossomed.
"With young Brendan Powell taking 5lb off, he has a nice weight and has won his last two."