Loder optimistic about fleeting Flat comeback

David Loder

David Loder: thinks Recently Acquired can make an impact on the Flat

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 By Stuart Riley 8:04AM 6 SEP 2016 

DO NOT call it a comeback. The name David Loder may be appearing among the trainers with a runner on the Flat in Britain today for the first time since 2005, but the one-time two-year-old supremo insists it is a one-off. Probably.


“It’s something of a rarity, it’s not a new career move, or even an old career renewed, it’s more of a one-off,” said the man responsible for the early career of Dubai Millennium.

Explaining the reason for switching Recently Acquired  to the Flat at Redcar – a mile handicap (3.50) for which Stobart jockeys’ title leader Jim Crowley has been booked – he added: “We’re only really running him because he doesn’t get the trip over hurdles and he works like a nice horse so we felt it was worth giving it a try.”

Loder, who holds only a jumps licence, needed some help to make the switch happen.

‘I’m quietly optimistic’

He explained: “The BHA has very kindly given me a dispensation to run him on the Flat. I asked them and they were very happy with us giving him a chance.”

On Recently Acquired’s chances, he added: “What working very well with my young jumpers means in terms of this I don’t know, but I’d be optimistic. I haven’t really got much to work him with that can lay up with him.

“We’re hoping he’ll run a nice race. He’s in great form and it’s an exploratory mission really. I’m quietly optimistic but I wouldn’t want anyone blowing their money on him.

“I wouldn’t want them to read anything too significant into it except he didn’t get the trip over jumps and we think he’s a hell of a nice horse and so are giving him a chance back on the Flat.”

The trainer added: “Depending on how he goes we might run him again on the Flat.”

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