RACING: Hill's hoping Harbour can cruise home

Harbour Court with Alan Hill

Harbour Court with Alan Hill

First published in Sport The Oxford Times: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter specialising in horse racing. Call me on 01865 425453

ASTON Rowant trainer Alan Hill is hoping Harbour Court’s class and speed allied to James Tudor’s riding skills can bring him Cheltenham Festival glory today.

The 54-year-old handler is looking for the 9-2 second favourite and his Welsh rider to triumph in the CGA Foxhunter Chase (4pm).

Hill, who won the race as a rider on Elmboy in 1985, said: “I think James is the best amateur rider in Britain and, to be honest, I don’t think there are any of the Irish who are any better.

“He has great skill, a brain and determination.”

Hill added that Harbour Court, owned by Andrew West, who lives at Filkins, near Carterton, doesn’t possess a “wow factor,” but he does have speed.

“As the race warms up, it is like seeing a turbo cutting into an engine and he comes alight,” he said.

Hill also runs 66-1 outsider Ravethebrave, a first Festival ride for his teenage son, Joe.

“It is an 18-year-old boy’s dream, like playing football at Wembley, and hopefully he will have a good experience,” added the trainer.


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