Gary Moore's superstar youngster Goshen has been handed an entry this weekend at Ascot after his planned outing at Huntingdon was abandoned due to mountains of water falling on the track and surrounding areas.
The four year old has really turned some heads on both his runs of hurdles so far this season winning by a shared 57 lengths over both his runs at Fontwell and Sandown and is now the 7/1 joint favourite for the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival.
His trainer Moore has been left in a very difficult situation after he planned on giving Goshen his final run before the festival at Huntingdon but now will have to make other arrangements with Ascot this weekend an option and if swerving that it could at Cheltenham at the end of the month or just no run before the March meeting.
(Credit At The Races) He said: “I’ve entered him for Ascot on Saturday, and we will see. If he doesn’t go there he will go to Cheltenham the following week. I need to look at the race and how the ground is.”
Goshen is said to like soft ground and with the current weather with storm Brendan taking over the UK and Ireland, Gary Moore will be hoping that it does not go to heavy ground as that will cause problems f
Moore also has another nice novice in his ranks with Botox Has who bolted up at Cheltenham's December meeting last time out and is now being looked at for Haydock next month.
“Botox Has will probably go to the Victor Ludorum, I’d say – regardless of what Goshen does,” added Moore.
“It was very frustrating (not being able to run in Chatteris Fen), especially when you get told on the motorway you might as well go back home – and he was dead right, (clerk of the course) Jack Pryor.
“You were getting different reports as the day was going on. When you get 10 minutes away from the racecourse and they have opened the gates you think it must be on – but five minutes later it was off.”