Caroline Bailey is hoping the bottom dries out so Crosspark can attempt to win the Vertem Eider Handicap Chase for a second time at Newcastle.
The 11-year-old, who took this marathon contest in 2019, heads the weights for Saturday’s marathon after 16 horses stood their floor on the affirmation stage.
The plan is head to the north east so long as circumstances should not too testing. The floor on Monday was described as tender, heavy in locations, however the forecast is for dry climate from the center of the week.
Bailey doesn’t need Crosspark to hold 11st 12lb on unsuitable floor.
“He’s fit and ready to go if the ground is not too heavy,” stated the Northampton coach.
“With high weight, it could be an excessive amount of.
“The forecast after tomorrow appears higher, so we have got to be hopeful.
“He’s not a very big horse and he wouldn’t want to carry that weight in heavy ground – but if it dries out to soft, good to soft then we’ll certainly consider it.
“It was good to tender when he received it two years in the past, however he was carrying so much much less and rated 15lb decrease than he’s now.”
Among the potential opposition is the Brian Ellison-trained Sam’s Adventure, winner of the Tommy Whittle Chase at Haydock.
Lucinda Russell could also be two-handed with Big River and Haul Us In, whereas Tom George has each Springfield Fox and Boyhood within the reckoning.
Others within the combine embody The Dutchman, Cyclop, Classic Ben and David Pipe’s Little Red Lion, winner of three of his final 4 begins.