Not So Sleepy
Not So Sleepy’s mysterious switch to the Flat in Newbury’s handicap at Racing Post.

Not So Sleepy’s mysterious switch to the Flat in Newbury’s handicap at Racing Post.

As we all know by now, the only individual who knows how Not So Sleepy is going to perform is the horse himself, which is one of the many reasons he has established a cult following. Last year, Not So Sleepy won a handicap on the Flat at Newbury and was also brilliant when taking the rearranged Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Sandown. That success provided Lord and Lady Blyth the rare distinction of owning and breeding top-level winners on the Flat and over jumps in the same year, with Quickthorn taking the Goodwood Cup for them last summer. Having finished down the field in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, Not So Sleepy is back on the Flat at Newbury and Morrison is prepared for whatever the 12-year-old decides to present him with.

“We were really looking forward to running him at Nottingham in the Further Flight Stakes and had him ready to be at his best for that, so this race is something of an afterthought,” Morrison said. “If the weather had been wetter we were keen to run him in the John Porter, but with conditions drying out we’ve decided to go for the longer race on the ground that’s going to be softer. We were going to start at Nottingham but that was abandoned, so he’s going for this race and we’re hoping for a positive start. He’s got to prove he stays, but we’re fairly hopeful he will.”

“I don’t think there’s any issue switching back to the turf from the all-weather and I’m looking forward to seeing him run. During the race I thought he travelled very well and looked the one to beat, but then might not have stayed. He didn’t run too well on his next two starts so he might not have been right and since he’s been with us he’s given every indication he would stay this far. He’s been in good form at home.

It didn’t click on the all-weather for whatever reason, but we’re looking for a good run back on the turf.”

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