Nicky Richards set to launch dual Doncaster raid in Sky Bet Chase

Mon 23 Jan 2017

Nicky Richards is likely to run both Ballyboker Breeze and Looking Well as he looks to win the Sky Bet Chase for the first time at Doncaster on Saturday.

The three-mile contest has a long tradition and the Greystoke trainer's late father Gordon Richards took it three times with Playlord (1969), Addington Boy (1996) and General Command (1997).

The present incumbent reports both horses on course for the Town Moor feature.

"It's a lovely race with a lot of tradition," said Richards.

"Hopefully, we'll have a good week with Ballyboker Breeze.

"He seems well and fine so I'll discuss it with Jason (Maguire, racing manager to owners Paul and Clare Rooney) in the next day or two, but I suppose the plan is to run him as long as the ground is suitable and everything. He's in grand order.

"The going is good to soft, good in places at the minute. I'd say that would be fine.

"Looking Well has not run for a while because the only races for him have been on soft to heavy ground and that wouldn't be his cup of tea."

There are three potential runners left sharing top weight of 11st 12lb - Tenor Nivernais, Third Intention and Holywell - after 22 horses stood their ground at the five-day confirmation stage.

Paul Nicholls has three possibles in Vicente, Just A Par and Caid Du Berlais, while Ziga Boy could bid to repeat last year's win for Alan King.

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