Our gallops reporter heads to Gloucestershire to run the rule over Nigel Twiston-Davies' weekend runners
Last Updated: December 6, 2012 3:12pm
Hello Bud: Becher Chase hopeful
Nigel Twiston-Davies sent his weekend runners up his steep Fibresand gallop at Naunton midweek, including the redoubtable HELLO BUD who will re-acquaint himself with the Grand National fences in the Becher Chase at Aintree.
This chap knows his way round the world's most famous National Hunt course with his eyes shut and even at the ripe old age of 14 is still cutting a dash when he works in the mornings.
The gelding will be looking to dominate as best he can in Saturday's race and appears to have gone forward from his last run. In fairness, any time he goes back to Aintree he is worth a second glance.
LITTLE JOSH has been in the wilderness for most of the time since his Paddy Power Gold Cup win but connections are hopeful that his injury problems are now behind him.
He has schooled beautifully over similar obstacles to those he will encounter in the Grand Sefton Chase at the same fixture.
He also worked enthusiastically enough to indicate he won't be ring-rusty following a protracted lay-off.
MAJOR MALARKEY may take in the London National at Sandown and also looked fresh and well in his two breezes up the steep all-weather.
He is a useful performer on his day and seems in particularly good shape.
COTSWOLD CHARMER is a name to conjure with and yet another member of his trainer's powerful team of handicap chasers.
He probably just needed his comeback run when second at Bangor and after working well may take his chance in a race at Chepstow.
OSCAR MAGIC did well in bumpers and has the ability to make his mark in novice hurdles this winter. The lightly-raced individual has schooled well.
Others to note that went well in their work included ROYAL RIVIERA and DOLLY PENROSE.