Ahoy Senor out for revenge


Ahoy Senor will run in the Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase at Aintree on Friday.
There are just four runners in the Grade One contest and it promises to be one of the highlights of the jumps season.
Ahoy Senor will be out to avenge defeats to Bravemansgame and L’Homme Presse; he suffered defeat at the hands of each in his last two outings.
Peter Scudamore, trainer Lucinda Russell’s partner and assistant, knows the seven year old will have to be on top of its game to win the race. He said: “The other two are great jumpers, ours is a great galloper, but it is a jumping race and we have to get our jumping together. You have to be concerned. The better they are the more you worry about them.
“We are just beginning to get these better horses and it is more of a worry. You don’t have the good horses that Paul (Nicholls) and Gordon (Elliott) have got and it is anxious times, only because you care about them.”
Ahoy Senor beat Bravemansgame in the Grade One Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at this meeting 12 months ago and won the Grade Two John Francome Novices’ Chase at Newbury in November.
Scudamore is delighted that Friday will see the first meeting of the trio. “It is what racing is all about – the best taking on the best. We have probably the three best three-mile novice chasers in the country and it is fantastic for Aintree. I never thought the race would quite cut up like that, but we have been lucky.
“I just hope they all come back safe and sound. As long as it is safe ground, we should all be happy. We have to accept now and again we get beat. We are not Flat racing. National Hunt racing is a sport and while that sounds a bit blase, I am definitely nervous in the hope he comes back OK.
“He seems well after Cheltenham and all the rest of it. We’d love to see that these horses will go on and be the future, so let’s hope they get there.”