Amidon aiming to make it third time lucky over the hurdles at Sandown

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Newmarket Journal NOVEMBER 2012''Newmarket trainer Lucy Wadham stable tour. ENGANL00220120412133012

Steadily improving hurdler Amidon will attempt to open his account over hurdles at the third time of asking at Sandown on Saturday.

Having finished second on both his starts to date over timber the five-year old, who is trained in Newmarket by Lucy Wadham, will aim to register his first ever victory when contesting the concluding 2m4f Class Three novices’ handicap hurdle.

Although beaten seven-lengths into second last time out at Plumpton, that form received a major boost on Saturday, with the winner Caracci Apache, winning the Grade Two Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle up at Doncaster.

“Amidon does seem to be progressing nicely and he seems to be in good form,” said Wadham.

“He is bred to be a three mile chaser so what ever he does as a hurdler is a bonus.

“I am hoping he is well handicapped but we won’t know for sure until Saturday.

“Although he would not mind the rain as he has run both his hurdle races with soft in the going I feel he will be a better horse on better ground.”

Amidon is to be one of three runners Wadham is preparing to send down to the Esher track, with giant framed chaser Le Reve entered in the Class Two three-mile handicap chase, and El Dancer in the feature 2m6f Grade Three Betfred Mobile Heroes handicap hurdle.

Le Reve has already shown his liking for the track this season after bolting up over course and distance by 21 lengths on his seasonal re-appearance in November.

“Le Reve run very well at Ascot last time out when he was third,” said Wadham.

“We have given him a bit of a break and he is ready to run. For a chaser he is still a relatively young horse and hopefully he can improve a bit.

“El Dancer is in a very competitive race but we were pleased with his comeback run. The race is so competitive that he could run a blinder and only finish sixth.”

Should the weather not intervene Wadham also has plans to send both A Boy Named Suzi and Shanroe Santos up to Musselburgh on Sunday.

A Boy Named Suzi is entered in the Listed John Smith’s County Hurdle Handicap, while Shanroe Santos is to tackle the Class Two 3m½f novices’ hurdle.

“I would think you can ignore A Boy Named Suzi’s last run as the ground at Fakenham went very soft and he would want better ground,” said Wadham.

“Shanroe Santos won nicely for us first time out at Ludlow and I am pretty confident he will see out the three miles.”