Osborne bullish about Raising Sand

 In Lambourn News

Jamie Osborne won with Field Of Dream five years ago and is sounding pretty confident of bagging another success with Raising Sand, who will appreciate any rain that falls before post time.

The seven-year-old was seventh in the cavalry charge a year ago but that was on quick ground and his trainer is expecting a better showing given the forecast.

He said: “A lot of stars have to align to win a Hunt Cup. We’ve done it once and hit the crossbar a few times but this year it looks as if we’ve been dealt a decent hand. Raising Sand ran a great prep in the Victoria Cup and has come out of it well. A few weeks ago we were thinking we were wasting our time as he really needs cut in the ground to show his best but the weather has gone in our favour.”

He added: “James Tate’s horse could be a Group horse in a handicap but the others look pretty exposed and, while you can never be confident in a race like this, I think we go there with a very strong chance.”

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