LEGENDARY owner JP McManus has bought Tap Night in a private deal that will see the progressive gelding remain in training with Scotland’s leading jumps handler Lucinda Russell.
The five-year-old was formerly owned by Jane Buchanan – sister of Russell’s stable jockey Peter Buchanan – who unearthed him in the US, where she works as a stable manager.
Tap Night has won four of his eight starts over hurdles including the Grade 2 totepool Premier Hurdle at Kelso in March. He returned to winning form under top weight at Ayr earlier this month and is entered in a Listed hurdle at Newbury tomorrow and a novice chase at Carlisle on Sunday.
Russell said: “It’s wonderful to have those famous green and gold colours in the yard.
“Tap Night seems to have come on for his first run of the season and we’re not sure where he will go next but he’s going over fences eventually. We’ve always rated him highly and he has a big future.”
Meanwhile, France Galop stewards will meet next Tuesday to decide what action to take against Frankie Dettori after his positive test for a banned substance at Longchamp on 16 September.
The medical commission of the ruling body of French racing last week imposed a temporary suspension on the Italian jockey on medical grounds. The commission forwarded its findings to the stewards for consideration and they will meet on Tuesday to discuss the case. A France Galop tweet read: “The France Galop stewards to study Lanfranco Dettori’s file on December 4.”
• Hennessy Gold Cup favourite Bobs Worth’s participation in Saturday’s big race at Newbury will not be confirmed until trainer Nicky Henderson has walked the course and spoken with connections. The trainer inspected the Berkshire track yesterday as he is worried about potentially heavy ground.
A dual Cheltenham Festival winner, Bobs Worth has not been seen since beating First Lieutenant in the RSA Chase last March.
“We’re nervous about it (the ground) and I can’t just make a decision,” said Henderson.
“I’d have to say there’s an element of doubt and I’ll walk the course in the afternoon and then talk to the owners.
“The gallops here are as soft as I’ve ever seen, but he has been very happy up the grass and worked today.
“Newbury was the obvious place to go, so we’ll have to see. After that, there’s only the intermediate chase at Sandown next week but I don’t want to run him right-handed.”