Caroline Bailey is hoping the bottom dries out so Crosspark can attempt to win the Vertem Eider Handicap Chase for a second time at Newcastle.
The 11-year-old, who took this marathon contest in 2019, heads the weights for Saturday’s marathon after 16 horses stood their floor on the affirmation stage.
The plan is head to the north east so long as circumstances usually are not too testing. The bottom on Monday was described as delicate, heavy in locations, however the forecast is for dry climate from the center of the week.
Bailey doesn’t need Crosspark to hold 11st 12lb on unsuitable floor.
“He is match and able to go if the bottom just isn’t too heavy,” stated the Northampton coach.
“With high weight, it will be an excessive amount of.
“The forecast after tomorrow appears to be like higher, so we have got to be hopeful.
“He is not a really large horse and he would not wish to carry that weight in heavy floor – but when it dries out to delicate, good to delicate then we’ll actually take into account it.
“It was good to delicate when he received it two years in the past, however he was carrying lots much less and rated 15lb decrease than he’s now.”
Among the many potential opposition is the Brian Ellison-trained Sam’s Journey, winner of the Tommy Whittle Chase at Haydock.
Lucinda Russell could also be two-handed with Huge River and Haul Us In, whereas Tom George has each Springfield Fox and Boyhood within the reckoning.
Others within the combine embody The Dutchman, Cyclop, Traditional Ben and David Pipe’s Little Pink Lion, winner of three of his final 4 begins.