Al Dancer is a progressive six year old from the Nigel Twiston-Davies yard who has impressed me greatly this season and is sure to go on to better things.
A winner of four of his five starts since joining the shrewd Twiston-Davies, the son of Al Namix was particularly impressive when last seen at Cheltenham in mid December. Always to the fore that day and travelling well in a decent two mile handicap hurdle, he showed a good attitude and an even better engine to power clear when given the office.
He won so easily that I was surprised he even ran in that race and wasn’t kept for the valuable Betfair Exchange Trophy at Ascot the weekend after. Off an official rating of 129 at the time of the Ascot race, he would for sure have made the cut based on recent years. Though now up to a mark of 141, I’m certain he can still be competitive in a valuable handicap hurdle down the line.
The Betfair Hurdle to be run at Newbury in mid February is likely to be the big race that Al Dancer is aimed at. This is a race that Twiston-Davies likes to target, having sent out Ballyandy and Splash of Ginge to win recent renewals. The Naunton based handler also sent out Flying Angel to finish third in 2016.
Keep an eye out for Al Dancer when he next runs in a handicap.