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  • 13:50 freebets.com Trophy Chase 2m 5f

  • (Grade 3 Handicap) £50,000 added 5yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner £28,475 2nd £10,685 3rd £5,350 4th £2,665
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 36.70s
  • Off time: 13:50:19

View from connections: Saturday's freebets.com Trophy Chase

Last Updated: 24/01/14 1:51pm

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Double Ross: Set for Cheltenham

Double Ross: Set for Cheltenham

Double Ross heads back to Cheltenham on Saturday in pursuit of a Grade Three hat-trick at Prestbury Park in the freebets.com Trophy Chase.

Nigel Twiston-Davies' local favourite started his run last month by winning the Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup, and then managed to splash through the saturated ground on New Year's Day in the Fairlawne Handicap Chase.

Now up 15lb since the initial success, Double Ross is below only the former top-class two-miler Wishfull Thinking in the 10-strong field.

"Double Ross has been in really good form," said Twiston-Davies. "I was happy with his performance last time and I thought he was very good - he is a good horse in soft ground.

"I think soft ground just inconveniences him less than others and I would imagine it will be pretty soft, so we will be going there very hopeful.

"We will see how he gets on at the weekend before making a decision about where he goes at the Festival, but the ground will be a factor."

Double Ross faces the respective second and third from New Year's Day, Cedre Bleu and Kumbeshwar.

The former was also second at Ascot before Christmas and trainer Paul Nicholls told Betfair: "He's been a consistent horse this season. The more testing the ground, the better chance he'll have.

"He always runs his race, but he could just do with getting his head in front."

Nicholls also fields Ulck Du Lin, while Alan King returns to the fold for the first time since that occasion, having been unhappy with the health of his string.

"Kumbeshwar, our last runner before we shut up shop when he finished third at Cheltenham on New Year's Day, goes back there for the two miles and five furlongs chase," he told www.alankingracing.co.uk.

"He is fully exposed, but he is hard as nails and will hopefully run well."

Venetia Williams has a brace of interesting contenders, Shangani and Renard, to follow last year's winner Katenko, while Our Mick and Tap Night are others capable of going close.

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