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Warren Greatrex ponders Caspian Caviar Gold Cup tilt with Keeper Hill

Mon 9 Dec 2019

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 Keeper Hill made a winning return at Haydock
Keeper Hill made a winning return at Haydock

Warren Greatrex believes the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup could be the right race for Keeper Hill after the recent Haydock winner was among 22 five-day confirmations for the valuable handicap chase at Cheltenham on Saturday.

The Lambourn trainer is happy with the eight-year-old again after revealing the victory on Merseyside – his first race for 231 days – did take a lot out of him.

Greatrex will continue to monitor him in the next few days with a view to letting him take his chance.

“It is a possibility he will go and we will just see how he is this week. He has come out of the Haydock race well, although he took a week to get over it,” he said.

“He seems in really good form and the Caspian Caviar is something we will look at. I think the race is right for him. Keeper Hill has gone up a few pounds (7lb) for his last win but he is a good horse.”

The weights are now headed by Venetia Williams’ Cepage after Kalashnikov was scratched by trainer Amy Murphy.

Cepage was second to Riders Onthe Storm at Aintree on his first run since he was second in this race last December.

The latter, from the Nigel Twiston-Davies stable, is also in the mix but will need to defy a hefty 13lb hike in the weights.

Nicky Richards’ 2017 winner Guitar Pete, BetVictor Gold Cup third Warthog, Casablanca Mix, Secret Investor, Brelan D’As and Not That Fuisse are also in the mix.

Robin Des Foret, trained by Willie Mullins, is the sole Irish possible.

CHAMPAGNE ON WAY:

Course scorer Champagne Well (Fergal O'Brien) is one of nine entries in the other graded contest on the card, the £32,000 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (2.30pm) over three miles.

Nigel Twiston-Davies, who has captured this race with Wholestone and Blaklion in recent years, has entered the exciting Mossy Fen and Redford Road, runner-up to Valtor (Nicky Henderson) at Ascot last month.

ANGELS BREATH ENTERED:

Angels Breath (Nicky Henderson) created a big impression on his chasing debut at Ascot last month and could bid to double up in the £25,000 Ryman Novices' Chase (12.45pm, 2m 4f 127y,). Promising performers Dashel Drasher (Jeremy Scott), Good Boy Bobby (Nigel Twiston-Davies) and Windsor Avenue (Brian Ellison) are also engaged.

The other races on the card are the £25,000 JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial (12.10pm, 2m 179y, 14 entries), £30,000 Cheltenham Club Handicap Chase (1.20pm, 2m 62y, 11 entries) and the concluding OLBG.com Mares' Handicap Hurdle (3.40pm, 2m 4f 56y, 31 entries).

The International starts on Friday, when the highlight is the £60,000 BetVictor Handicap Chase over three and a quarter miles.

The going at Cheltenham is: Good, Good to Soft in places (Chase and Hurdle) Good to Soft, Good in places (Cross Country). The outlook is unsettled with up to 20mm of rain forecast through the week.

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