Kingsclere Trainer Sends Just One Horse On 600 Mile Round Trip To Newcastle (AW)

Newcastle (AW) - February 23 2021
Newcastle (AW) 16:40
Ben Curtis


Ben Curtis
Andrew Balding
Age: 8
Weight: 9-12
OR: 87
Days: 24

Trainer Andrew Balding on Tuesday is looking to have a winner on the all weather at Newcastle, sending just one runner to the Northumberland based track today, which sees the handler make a 600 mile round trip.

When we see trainers coming such a long way to just run the one horse we like to highlight it, as we believe they would not be coming all that way if it did not have a real chance.

Leading trainer Andrew Balding heads up to Newcastle on Thursday with Cleonte, who early in his career landed the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Since then the proven stayer for King Power racing has found it tough, not wining since 2019 and although showing signs of his old ability, his mark has been rapidly decreasing.

That could play to his strengths in this event at Newcastle today having been ran on the all weather for his last five events and slowly getting used to it.

Having won at Royal Ascot off 105, he is now down a to a mark of 87 and he can make use of that in a big way on Tuesday.

When the handler travels this far with his horses he is currently running at a 24% strike rate having landed 62 winners from 262 runners.