Beer Goggles sets sights on Newbury return
Beer Goggles is place to produce his long-awaited return.
Nicky Martin’s eight-year-old won the Newbury Grade Two on his penultimate start back but was absent as a result of harm he suffered in the subsequent month’s Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Martin is not anticipating an instantaneous return to Beer Goggles’ glory days, in the spectacle of his triumph, also bookmakers understandably make him a 33-1 man on Friday to recover his name at the cost of Stayers’ Hurdle winner Paisley Park.
“The strategy is to move – if it doesn’t rain a lot, that he can,” explained the Minehead coach.
The Oscar gelding has been owned by her because 2016 beneath her Bradley Partnership banner – but he had been trained by Richard Woollacott a year afterwards if he famously sprang a surprise that was 40-1 in this race.
Martin has nursed Beer Goggles back to full fitness and health, and was decided to stay patient before sending him back into the races.
She added:”He just did a tiny tendon (at Cheltenham). He had a very small hole, so he had stem cells.
“We were planning to run him at the back-end of this past year, scanned him decided a second summer would benefit.
“He’s had all the time he could have.”
Planning has gone so far, but Newbury will necessarily show about Beer Goggles’ ability and future.
Martin expects she has him as fit as you can to reunite.
“He did a racecourse gallop at Chepstow three months ago and came home undamaged,” she explained.
“He schooled on Tuesday and that he had been complete on Wednesday morning. Thus, fingers crossed.
“You simply don’t know. We might just get the one run, or he might be around forever.
“He is only eight years old, and so that is why we gave him some time – he had enough time on his side”
The quandary was supposed to get the comeback race – with chances because Beer Goggles remains a highly-rated hurdler despite his lack.
“He’s restricted about where he could go – it is a very major race for a horse who has had two decades away, but where else might we go?” Martin requested.
“He did get his injury in Cheltenham, so I am sort of reluctant to deliver him back down the hill again.
“Newbury is flat, so he has won there, therefore it is a great starting point.”