Waiting Patiently could be joined by Cloudy Dream in Ascot Chase

Fri 26 Jan 2018

Malcolm Jefferson could saddle both Waiting Patiently and Cloudy Dream in the Betfair Ascot Chase on February 17.

Waiting Patiently extended his unbeaten record over fences to five with a brilliant display in a Listed contest at Kempton almost a fortnight ago and looks set to step up to Grade One level for the first time in next month's £150,000 contest.

Ruth Jefferson, assistant to her father, said: "He's come out of his race really well and he's happy. We'll probably look at the Ascot Chase next. He's got an entry, we'll just see what the ground is."

She went on: "We took him out of the Champion Chase (at the Cheltenham Festival). We just thought with his style of racing both times he's run he's settling better and it would be daft to come back in trip when he's probably bred to get further.

"Two and a half miles suits him at the moment and we might try him at three miles next year. We'll see."

Waiting Patiently may be joined on the trip to Ascot by stablemate Cloudy Dream. The ultra-consistent grey has not yet finished outside the first two after 10 starts over fences and was last seen chasing home Definitly Red in the Many Clouds Chase at Aintree in December.

Jefferson added: "He's fine. He might go to Ascot for that race as well.

"It's nice to have two horses at that level. It's just a bit of shame they both want the same trip.

"He's had a break and he's freshened up. He's really well in himself, we're really pleased with him.

"There's the Denman Chase (at Newbury) and the Ivan Straker Memorial Chase (at Kelso) as well we might think of giving him entries in."

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