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Chicago Grey: Expected to go well
Gordon Elliott is hoping for another good run from Chicago Grey at Cheltenham on Saturday ahead of the Coral Welsh National next month.
The eight-year-old looked set for a good campaign when making solid late progress to take third place behind Weird Al in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby two weeks ago.
Winner of the four-mile National Hunt Chase at this year's Festival, he returns to Cheltenham for the Rewards4Racing Handicap Chase before being prepared for the Chepstow marathon on December 27.
"He's in good form and he's very well, but there's not a lot for him before the Welsh National," said the County Meath handler.
"He's going to run in this, then have a break and then go to Chepstow.
"He's won at Cheltenham before so hopefully he'll run well."
Another horse who usually runs well at Prestbury Park is Reve De Sivola, who warmed up for this test with a satisfactory return at Chepstow five weeks ago.
"He knows Cheltenham well and he jumped better last time at Chepstow. He probably ran out of puff, but he ran pretty well," said his owner Paul Duffy.
"He's fit and well, so we're hopeful. His jumping will determine where he finishes. If he jumps well, he'll have every chance."We think he'll get the trip OK. He should have come on for his first run and he should strip a bit fitter, I expect."
Ferdy Murphy was delighted with Hennessy's fifth-placed finish at Kelso last month - his first start since winning the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown in April 2009.
The Malcolm Denmark-owned chaser was trained by Carl Llewellyn when tasting that big success, and Murphy hopes there are more good days to come from the 10-year-old.
"I was very happy with his first run and he showed that the engine is still intact," said the North Yorkshire trainer.
"Graham (Lee) said that he thought going to the second-last that he had a big shout, but then he had a massive heave, which you would expect from a horse that had been off for so long.
"He's come out of the race really well and he's been good since.
"The handicapper dropped him 6lb so you'd have to say you'd be happy with his mark.
"The ground shouldn't hold any problems for him, it will be safe down there.
"Hopefully everything goes well. He's a very nice individual and we like him a lot."
Alan King is hoping West End Rocker can book his place in the Becher Chase at Aintree with a decent showing on his first run since he was brought down in the Grand National in April.
"It will be great to get West End Rocker started. He was really enjoying himself in the Grand National when he had nowhere to land over Becher's first time round and was brought down," the Barbury Castle trainer told alankingracing.co.uk.
"This race should put him right for the Becher Chase, which should be able to tell us whether we are right to pursue the Aintree dream."
Carruthers has been a regular at the Festival meeting for the last few years, notably when fourth in the 2010 Gold Cup, and takes a drop in grade into handicap company.
Still only eight, he has his first run since finishing ninth in this year's blue riband at the end of a season connections felt he was never 100%.
"He's really come back to himself. He got a bug at the beginning of last year and was never really quite right, but he's great now, so it's fingers crossed," said trainer Mark Bradstock's wife, Sara.
"The ground's obviously not soft enough for him, but in a handicap over three-miles-three they won't go too fast.
"That's why he needs it heavy as they go too fast for him in those better races."