THE first big staying chase of the season could be a thriller as 12 high-class operators were confirmed for Saturday’s Charlie Hall.
La Bague Au Roiwill bid to make a successful reappearance following her fine first season over fences last term.
A winner of three of her four starts over the larger obstacles, Warren Greatrex’s mare demonstrated she’s one of the most exciting prospects around – and her trainer reckons he’s got her right where he wants her.
He said: “She’s come back looking fantastic.
“I couldn’t be happier with her. She’s stronger now and when we schooled her last week she was breathtaking.
“As a jumper, you don’t get any better. She’s so quick and accurate.
“I couldn’t be any happier with her and I can’t wait for Saturday.”
Among those taking her on in Saturday’s Grade 2 could beVinndication.
Kim Bailey’s unexposed chaser didn’t have a fantastic campaign last year but he’s had plenty of time off and retains a huge amount of potential.
Top Ville Ben,2-2 at Wetherby over fences, has also been entered, as has last year’s Ryanair runner-upAso.
Definitly Redcould bid to land the race of a second year running, while Paul Nicholls’Black Cortonis Ditcheat’s only representative.
Jettis an interesting entrant from Ireland, Colin Tizzard’s burgeoning operation relies onElegant Escapeand Tom George has confirmedDouble Shuffle.
Atalanta Ablaze, BallyopticandMolly The Dollycomplete the potential 12-strong line-up.