Monday 18 December 2017

Peterborough in pipeline for Monet's

Monet's Garden will head for the Peterborough Chase in December following his exemplary success at Aintree on Saturday.

Nicky Richards' 12-year-old grey turned in an immaculate round of jumping to win the Roan Chase on Merseyside for a third time.

He will now report for duty at Huntingdon on December 9 for a race he won two years ago.

Richards said: "We're very proud of him.

"He's at the veteran stage now, but was showing us the right signs before the race and had been training very well.

"He'll go for the Peterborough Chase as long as he's fresh and well."

Alan King will not be rushed into making plans for ante-post Arkle favourite Medermit after his winning debut over fences at Aintree on Saturday.

The classy hurdler only faced two rivals and when his nearest market challenger Wessex King tipped up three out it just became a matter of staying on his feet.

There were a few sketchy leaps on the way round for Wayne Hutchinson's mount, but King was satisfied with the display.

"He's come out of the race well," said King.

"We learned nothing in terms of his ability, but I think the horse will have learned an awful lot.

"He'll be out in the next two or three weeks, but there's nothing planned just yet."

Donald McCain's exciting novice chase prospect Wymott will make his debut over the larger obstacles in the near future.

Owned by Trevor Hemmings, the Witness Box gelding has the look of a ready-made chaser and scored at Grade Two level over timber at Haydock in February.

He beat Wayward Prince that day, with Ian Williams' representative subsequently landing the Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree.

"He's going straight over fences, he's always had the look of a chaser and he's schooled well over them at home," said McCain.

"Nothing is set in stone and we've not picked out a specific race as yet."

Future plans for Saturday's impressive Chepstow scorer Any Given Day will depend on the handicapper's reaction.

Donald McCain's five-year-old demolished what looked a competitive field on paper in the Silver Trophy.

His previous career highlight was a fifth-place finish in the Challow Hurdle behind Reve De Sivola but he could now be set for higher planes.

"We'll just have to see what the handicapper does," said McCain.

"Unless he's very generous he'll be getting a fair hike. You're not supposed to go and win competitive handicaps by 10 lengths."

Ed Dunlop was satisfied with Native Khan's performance in Saturday's Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.

The grey son of Azamour lined up for the final Group One of the season unbeaten but lost that record behind a trio of Irish raiders, headed by Casamento.

"He really stayed on well," said Dunlop. "I'm as happy as I can be without actually winning."

The Queen may have a realistic Derby contender on her hands after the victory of Carlton House at Newbury on Saturday.

Michael Stoute's youngster hacked up in the second division of the one-mile maiden.

"He's a very well-bred colt and we might have Derby aspirations," said John Warren, the Queen's racing manager.

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