|Grade 1, Leopardstown 15:10
3m, Class 1
|Monday 28th December 2020|
Nicky Henderson has identified this Grade 1 as a likely Christmas target for Champ.
Last seen lunging late to claim a third win from four starts over fences in a thrilling renewal of the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March, the JP McManus-owned eight-year-old is this season on the Gold Cup trail.
Champ could kick off his campaign at Aintree before a potential Irish trip.
“Champ is not quite as far forward as some,” said Henderson.
“We have just looked at his wind, but that is all sorted now – however, he is a little bit behind the others in the A-squad.
“I don’t think he will go to Sandown for the intermediate chase, and we aren’t that keen on the idea of the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury – and I don’t think Kempton is really his track either.
“The Many Clouds Chase at Aintree is a possibility, and there is a serious chance he could go to Ireland for the Savills Chase at Christmas – that is something we have mulled over.”
Christmas Steeplechase 2019
€150,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m, Class 1
Going: Yielding, Good in places
1 Delta Work 6 11-10 Gordon Elliott Jack Kennedy 11/2
2 hd Monalee 8 11-10 Henry De Bromhead Rachael Blackmore 8/1
2 2½ Road To Respect 8 11-10 Noel Meade Sean Flanagan 7/2
4 ¾ Kemboy 7 11-10 W P Mullins Paul Townend 7/4F
5 ½ Presenting Percy 8 11-10 Patrick G Kelly Davy Russell 7/2
6 8 Jett 8 11-10 Mrs John Harrington Robbie Power 40/1
7 12 Bellshill 9 11-10 W P Mullins Danny Mullins 20/1
8 41 Anibale Fly 9 11-10 A J Martin Barry Geraghty 16/1
NR 973-44 Balko Des Flos 8 11-10 Henry De Bromhead NON RUNNER