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  • 14:10 bet365 Handicap Chase 2m 4f 110y

  • (Listed) £25,000 added 4yo+ 12 ran
  • Winner £14,238 2nd £5,342 3rd £2,675 4th £1,332
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Off time: 14:12:29

Cantlow on course for Wetherby return, Barry Geraghty rides

Last Updated: 31/10/13 3:31pm

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Cantlow: Will be partnered by Barry Geraghty at Wetherby

Cantlow: Will be partnered by Barry Geraghty at Wetherby

Cantlow will make his seasonal reappearance at Wetherby on Friday in the £25,000 Listed bet365 Handicap Chase over an extended two and a half miles, the highlight on day one of the bet365 Charlie Hall Meeting.

Paul Webber's charge was Grade One-placed over hurdles in April, 2011, but his first season over fences was not without its hiccups. After winning two of his first four starts last season, the JP McManus-owned eight-year-old was a leading contender for Byrne Group Plate at the Cheltenham Festival in March, but was withdrawn at the start after blood was found running from his nose.

His final start of the campaign came at Aintree's Grand National festival, where he finished 10th of 18 in a Listed handicap chase over three miles and a furlong.

Webber reported: "Cantlow had a very good holiday over at Mr McManus' Martinstown Stud in Ireland and he came back looking wonderful. He is moving and working well, and is ready to go.

"His first season over fences was good in parts but it was terribly disappointing at Cheltenham. He had a tiny bit of blood from a little nasal passage about 12 centimetres up his nostril. It was nothing from his lung, so it wouldn't have affected the way he ran but any visible blood means you have to have a non-runner. It was a very peculiar thing to happen and hopefully we won't have a reoccurrence.

"We had him very ready for Cheltenham and I think he was past his best at Aintree.

"There are no easy races when you are rated 141, but I am sure he will run well tomorrow and hopefully he can have a good season."

Barry Geraghty partners Cantlow for the first time at Wetherby.

Among Cantlow's 12 rivals is the Paul Nicholls-trained top-weight Mon Parrain, who will be returning from a 587-day absence, hat-trick seeking Noble Legend from the stable of Caroline Bailey and course scorer Green Wizard.

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