Gevrey Chambertin on track for RSA
By Will Hayler. Last Updated: 11/02/14 5:18pm
Gevrey Chambertin: Ascot bound
Despite being still to jump a steeplechase fence in public, Gevrey Chambertin could book his place in the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival with a big showing at Ascot on Saturday.
The gutsy grey, a winner of the valuable brush hurdle race at Haydock on Betfair Chase day but off the track since, is set to line up in the RSA Trial Novices' Chase - better-known as the Reynoldstown.
While other trainers are praying for an improvement in the weather, soft ground holds no fears for Gevrey Chambertin.
Trainer David Pipe told SkySports.com: "The RSA is his only entry at Cheltenham and depending upon how things go this weekend, I'm hopeful we'll get there. He's streetwise enough and Rolling Ball won the race for my Dad [in 1991] having had just one run over fences."
Also set to line up on the same card is Un Temps Pour Tout, second at Haydock on his British debut last month in two-mile Sky Bet Supreme Trial, his first start for Pipe since being bought at the DBS Hennessy Sale for an eyewatering £450,000.
"I thought he ran a very good race at Haydock and it might help if the trainer ran him over the right trip!" said Pipe.
"On his French form, it certainly looks like he wants to go further and he'll run over two miles three furlongs at Ascot on Saturday and see how we go. He's still well in the reckoning for the Neptune."