Saturday, 19 January 2013

26th January will be one extreme or the other

Several of the top names of NH racing have been pencilled in to run at either Cheltenham Festival Trials day and Doncaster who stage there top NH card of the season next Saturday but unfortunately the cold snap could scupper another top class days racing but id much rather be positive and contemplate the potential feast of top class action that could take place next Saturday.

The Victor Chandler Chase which was due to feature Sprinter Sacre at Ascot's meeting that was snowed off today has been added to Cheltenham's already top class card. Nicky Henderson has stated that Sprinter Sacre will run if the meeting goes ahead.

The Argento Chase could feature the Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Bobs Worth along with 2010 Gold Cup hero Imperial Commander who has been off the track since the 2011 Gold Cup. Grand Crus, Bold Sir Brian and the born again Tidal Bay other possible contenders in what is shaping up real mouthwatering contest.

The remarkable Hunt Ball one of the most improved horses in recent memory who won at last years Festival is another earmarked to run in the grade 3 handicap chase and in the Cleeve Hurdle which was won last year by the mighty Big Bucks could see Nicky Hendersons duel Aintree Hurdle winner Oscar Whiskey bid to make it 3/3 this season.

Doncaster's card is also littered with potential top class runners with the popular Overturn a possible for the grade 2 Lightning Novice Chase.

The Champion Hurdle Trial which was due to be run at Haydock's abandoned card has been added to Doncaster's card and this could see one of Nicky Henderson's leading Champion Hurdle hopes Grandouet.

The Skybet Chase Doncaster's most important race of the entire NH season could see Lucinda Russell's grey Silver By Nature make his long awaited return to the track along with stablemate Bold Sir Brian thou he has the option of the Argento Chase. Champion Court who ran such a great race to finish 4th in the King George is also among the early entries. Other possible runners include Paddy Power Gold Cup runner up Walkon, The multiple Cheltenham winner Midnight Chase, last years winner Calgary Bay, Evan Williams Grand National contender Cappa Bleu, 2011 Grand National winner Ballabriggs and Ascot Silver Cup and Gold Cup entry Wyck Hill.

Lets hope the freezing weather relents and allow these top class cards to go ahead.

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