Moore cautious over Character Building

Trainer Christian von der Recke is poised to have two runners in the Gran Premio di Merano - Our Hero and Character Building.

The German handler will also attempt to retain the Premio Carlo Biffi (hurdle race) with last year's winner Our First Chesnut. The race was founded by our very own Giancarlo Fochesato, to honour his late personal friend Carlo Biffi, who was a respected personality of Italian racing and did much to forge links with many racecourse including Pardubice. Other races bearing his name are run in Rome, Pisa and Cagnes-sur-Mer.

The four-year-old novice chaser Windsor Brook looks set to contest the same two-mile race, which the yard won with Maxwill and also secured a double for jockey Jamie Moore on the day.

Moore, who rode Character Building, Windsor Brook and Our First Chesnut at Waregem at the end of August, told"Character Building didn't take to the fences at Waregem and I feel he will need to wake up his ideas if he is to get involved at Merano.

"He's probably had a few hard races over the years and that also might just count against him and it won't be easy.

"Our First Chesnut is best suited by small fields and he didn't have that at Waregem, he was never able to land a blow and got bumped about a bit. The course and a small field at Merano will much more to his liking.

"I'd rate Windsor Brook as the horse with the best chance, he's only a four-year-old and and prior to his run at Waregem had only run in three point-to-points.

"He gave me quite a nice feel and travelled well for me I'd say he'll come on a lot for that run. I'd think he would be best suited by two miles or two miles two furlongs," he concluded.

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