Rehearsal Handicap Chase: L’Homme Presse will take initially phase on street to Gold Cup at Cheltenham with Newcastle operate | Racing News

Cheltenham Festival winner L’Homme Presse methods into open enterprise for the initially time when he reappears in the Betfair Exchange Rehearsal Handicap Chase at Newcastle om Saturday, live on Sky Sporting activities Racing at 3.25pm.

Venetia Williams’ seven-year-old, 10/1 for the Gold Cup at Cheltenham in March, was because of to return at Ascot past Saturday, but drying ground saw him withdrawn on the day and rerouted to Gosforth Park where by he will be tasked with carrying prime-fat in what is commonly a fiercely-aggressive handicap.

The forward-heading, super-slick jumper was ultra-progressive very last year racking up five straight fences victories, which provided triumphs in the Dipper at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day and the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown, prior to stepping up to three miles with aplomb to land the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase at the Festival.

Even though his time finished with defeat at Aintree, that was his sole untrue go in an or else fantastic amateur campaign and his handler is wanting ahead to observing him again on track.

“He has to give a lot of bodyweight away to some excellent horses which will be a initially for him, but it will be pleasant to get him back on the course and we seem forward to his run,” mentioned Williams. “He ran properly all previous time and enhanced massively during the program of the season. Now he has to contend at a substantial degree and we seem ahead to viewing how he handles it.”

Popular defending champion Aye Correct tries to do the double off a 6lb larger mark and joint-trainer Harriet Graham is optimistic of yet another daring displaying next a respectable reappearance when 2nd at Kelso.

“We are thrilled and hopeful and he looks truly well at property,” mentioned Graham. “Naturally it is quite a hard call and there is a pair on rather a nice, lower weight who glance a bit progressive and clearly Venetia’s horse is there as very well. Really, we were rather pleased about that as it meant the weights did not go up and is helpful to us, but on the flip side it is a top rated-good quality horse to just take on.

Aye Right holds off Good Boy Bobby to win the Rehearsal Chase at a snowy Newcastle
Aye Suitable holds off Fantastic Boy Bobby to get the 2021 Rehearsal Chase at a snowy Newcastle

“Kelso was a definitely great prep run. He naturally acquired carried out at the mistaken conclusion of the race by what was possibly a handily-handicapped horse, and it is hard with him as he only ever operates one way, so it is form of evident what he is accomplishing. If he receives a superior start off and receives into a good rhythm, then he can break the other horses’ hearts, but they are always marginally stalking him.

“But we’re quite hopeful and Craig Nicol, who rode him really well at Kelso, rides him once more.”

Sandy Thomson gained the race in 2020 with Yorkhill and appears to be like to gain it for the second time in three a long time with Dingo Greenback, who was third to Aye Right 12 months in the past and tuned up for this with an emphatic 8-and-a-50 percent-length victory at Aintree earlier this thirty day period.

He stated: “The handicapper hasn’t accomplished him any favours for beating a handful of older horses and some that did not stay (at Aintree). But he is really effectively and rather than lumping 12 stone all over Haydock following Wednesday, there is absolutely nothing else for him. He’ll go and just take his likelihood and he’ll run a pleasant race surely, but he’s now 10 and in the veteran stage.”

Dingo Dollar ridden by Wayne Hutchinson clears the last fence to win the Le Chalice Maiden Hurdle Race, at Bangor Racecourse
Dingo Dollar ridden by Wayne Hutchinson clears the previous to gain at Bangor

Mark Walford’s Into Overdrive has proved exceptionally flexible and seems to be to lengthen a four-race winning run owning taken his kind to the upcoming level at Wetherby most not too long ago.

“He’s been amazing,” the coach instructed Sky Sports Racing. “His seasonal reappearance at Wetherby was his best run however soon after a small bit of a split and we are expecting him to occur on for that as nicely.

“He’ll be encountering softer ground at Newcastle, but which is a thing we have imagined he will deal with – it should not be too considerably of a challenge.

“Us trainers are recognized for moaning at the handicapper, but that was one particular situation I was in fact very happy with – I assumed he could have absent up a few of lbs . much more (immediately after Wetherby). If he’d jumped the very last a few very well, he’d have been an even additional convincing winner.

“He obtained a little bit lonely in front and we are going to be conscious of that at Newcastle.”

Kim Bailey’s Happygolucky was a runner-up at the Cheltenham Pageant prior to going one superior in a aggressive race at Aintree in 2021 but has a extended absence of 595 days to defy owning missed the total of the 2021-22 season.

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Trainer Kim Bailey has confirmed Quality 3 winner Happygolucky is all set to characteristic in Saturday’s Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle, are living on Sky Athletics Racing

Bailey stated: “I am incredibly content with him. He was meant to go to Cheltenham two weeks in the past. He did a nice piece of get the job done previously this week and we’re looking forward to it.

“Each individual trainer is going round the bend (with the ground). I truly feel so sorry for these clerks of the training course. All these racecourses are drinking drinking water like drunks.”