Alcala Up For The Plate

Sporting Judgement

Jump racing fans are in sleep mode at this time of year, with the festivals at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown something of a distant dream.

Not even the boldest of punters have started filling up the ante-post notebook just yet.

However, there’s the odd big race to prick the ears up in between all the action on the flat and one comes this Saturday at Market Rasen in the shape of the Summer Plate.


It’s a Listed Handicap with £50k in prize money for the winner. So as you’d expect, runners trained by Nicky Henderson, Paul Nicholls, Nigel Twiston-Davies and Jonjo O’Neill have all be entered.

One of those is Alcala. The legend you will have heard plenty about if you are a regular reader of my blog.

He’s in the form of his life at the minute, and like the most of us, seems to be relishing his…

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