Shutthefrontdoor is on a retrieval mission at Wetherby on Saturday
Last Updated: 31/01/14 4:22pm
Ely Brown (left): Looks to have the favourite to beat
Shutthefrontdoor is on a retrieval mission in the totepool Towton Novices' Chase at Wetherby on Saturday after running below expectations on his latest start at Cheltenham seven weeks ago.
Connections were mystified by his lacklustre performance when trailing in last of four behind Sam Winner when sent off the 13-8 favourite.
He had made a winning debut over fences and only beaten three-quarters of a length by Le Bec at Cheltenham on his second outing.
The Jonjo O'Neill-trained seven-year-old is reported in good form at home and ready to return to the fray.
"He was disappointing the last day. He didn't get home for whatever reason," said Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus.
"Jonjo seems happy with him at the minute and is looking forward to running him to see how he goes. Hopefully all will go well."
Ely Brown won in great style by 16 lengths when opening his account over fences at Leicester in December.
Trainer Charlie Longsdon sees no reason why the nine-year-old cannot continue to progress.
He does, however, believe Shutthefrontdoor will be the main obstacle to his runner.
"Jonjo O'Neill's horse looks the one to beat. We're not far off him in the ratings, just 6lb. Nobody knows how good we are yet so we will have to see what happens," said the Oxfordshire handler.
"We've got a good chance of getting in the first two, I'd say.
"We think there is more to come and the flat, galloping track should suit him."