Note
14 Feb 2011 | 19:15
Nag Me about
To add a NagMe alert you must sign in.
Forgot password?
Not a member yet?

Search: Horse Jockey Trainer Owner All

Finian's takes Amlin plungeHeadlines
Finian's Rainbow

Reigning champion chaser Finian's Rainbow faces just four rivals as he returns to action in the Amlin 1965 Chase at Ascot on Saturday.

Nicky Henderson's charge won a thrilling renewal of the Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March before following up over two and a half miles in the Melling Chase at Aintree.

Paul Nicholls' Ghizao returned to form with a victory at Kempton earlier this month and he steps back up to Grade Two company, while the Nick Williams-trained For Non Stop tries to supplement his outstanding Old Roan Chase victory at Aintree last month.

Captain Chris represents Philip Hobbs, while Alan Jones' Quincy Des Pictons is the outsider of the group.

Williams expects For Non Stop to find this a tough ask as he is rated 11lb inferior to Finian's Rainbow, but will have just 4lb in hand under the race conditions.

He said: "It's a very strong race. We are not at all well in (at the weights) with Finian's Rainbow and Captain Chris in terms of official ratings so I think we're up against it.

"The trip is right for him and he is fit and well but we are just not favoured by the weights. The fact he's had a run should help him - that must be an advantage - while the soft ground shouldn't be too much of a problem for him."

Ghizao bounced back to winning form on his seasonal bow, but owner Andy Stewart is under no illusions about the task he will face in Berkshire, though he did manage to run Finian's Rainbow to two lengths in the Maghull Novices' Chase at Aintree in 2011.

Stewart said: "It's a very competitive race and we'd be up against it with Finian's Rainbow and Captain Chris. He's fresh and well, though, and he won on soft at Kempton, but I think he would have a lot to do against the champion chaser.

"He looked like being top class at one point and wasn't beaten far by Finian's Rainbow so he will take his chance and we will see whether he's a handicapper or something better."

30 May 2015

Adaay ends Limato hot streak
Evergreen Kingsgate rules again
Cookie puts down Gold Cup marker
Peacock struts his stuff
Bay books Royal Ascot ticket
Gosden happy with Classic duo
Improving Shalaa off the mark
Miss perfect hits Pinnacle peak
Hanagan hangs on in thriller
Legatissimo on course for Oaks
Zawraq team expect Derby battle
Tudhope suffers thumb problem
Tudhope suffers thumb problem
Niven expecting tough Cookie test
Buick hits top gear at Newmarket
Bellajeu camp on weather watch
Tiana out to peak in Pinnacle
Terrific Treve back with a bang
Candy sweet on Limato chance
Sole set for Stand defence
Ansgar ready for Jury duty
Pretend ruled out of Achilles
Hannon confident on Moheet trip

29 May 2015

Botti bides time with Angel
Commemorative holds Ascot option
Peacock on display at Newmarket
Muthmir takes Chantilly test
Autumn aims for Charming
Ballycorus on Cappella agenda
Wandjina and Beau enjoy Ascot prep
Classy Consort takes Heron spoils
Hymn hits right note
Force just irresistible at Sandown
King for a day at Sandown
Clouds gathered for Stratford
Sumbal set to stay at home
Staying big guns in Irish Leger
Telescope sights fixed on Hardwicke
Mel Brittain dies, aged 71

28 May 2015

Broken wrist for Colliver
Moheet given Epsom go-ahead
Henderson ponders Simonsig plan
'Remarkable' Treve ready to roll
Osaila has Coronation goal
Sleepy time in Tercentenary
Unlucky break for Heskin
No Oaks bid for Pamona
Ton-up celebration for Master
Newton bounces back at Gowran
Dettori set for Chrome Ascot gallop
Stellar entry for Irish Champion
Simenon back on Gold Cup trail
Tryster takes acid test
Mile stars headline Sussex entry
Naas beckons for Toscanini
Medicean poised for weekend run

27 May 2015

Colliver hurt in Cartmel fall
Karpino to stay at home
Pankhurst to miss Royal Ascot
Treve stars in Corrida field
Epsom forecast as Thunder aim
Tac team happy to bide time
Raydara in season during Guineas
Life's a Beach for Levins
Ervedya given Royal approval
Haggas on War footing for Ascot
Oaks trip to suit Legatissimo
Coronation up Dolniya's street
Ribbons may cut a dash to Curragh
Gosden duo at ease for Brigadier
Derby duo gives Gosden glee
Found remains in Derby hat
Park satisfies in Epsom spin

About | Terms | Privacy | Manage Alerts | Manage Account | © 2015