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  • (Grade 2 Limited Handicap) £50,000 added 5yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner £28,475 2nd £10,685 3rd £5,350 4th £2,665
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  • Winning time: 5m 9.90s
  • Off time: 15:50:07

Evan Williams is hopeful of a big run from Buywise at Cheltenham

Last Updated: 15/04/14 3:35pm

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Evan Williams: Trains Buywise

Evan Williams: Trains Buywise

Evan Williams is keeping his fingers crossed the talented Buywise can brush up his jumping in the Wooden Spoon Charity Silver Trophy at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

The seven-year-old has been well placed by his trainer to wrack up a hat-trick of victories since the turn of the year, with a Taunton triumph sandwiched by a couple of similarly comprehensive victories at Ludlow.

He ran a remarkable race to finish fifth in the Rewards4Racing Novices' Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival given he made a number of jumping errors and Williams admits getting from one side of a fence to another smoothly is his gelding's Achilles heel.

Williams said: "He jumped like his legs were tied together at Cheltenham last time and there is plenty of evidence to suggest if he'd jumped better he'd have gone very close to winning.

"It's an interesting one, as there is no doubt he's got a big engine. We've just got to try and sort the jumping out.

"We found some nice little gaps for him (before Cheltenham) at some of the lesser tracks and he went from that to going to an elite track, so I can't knock the horse.

"He can be a bit sloppy and there is no doubt he's a little bit wooden, but that's for his jockey to worry about!"

Buywise is one of 10 horses declared for the two-mile-five-furlong Grade Two feature, with the Paul Nicholls-trained Pacha Du Polder heading the weights.

Next in the list is Caroline Keevil's stable star Bally Legend, who won the valuable BetBright Chase at Kempton on his penultimate start before a slightly below-par showing at Newbury.

Keevil said: "He loves the sun on his back and he seems in very good form. He came out of his last race well. Two and a half miles at Newbury was just a little bit too sharp for him.

"He's only racing over a furlong further on Wednesday, but two miles and five furlongs at Cheltenham, going up that famous hill, is very different. He's only a small horse, which is why we decided to miss the big Festivals at Cheltenham and Aintree, as he would have been running in bigger fields.

"This race has cut up, as we expected it to, and it has been his main target since he won at Kempton in February. We're looking forward to seeing him run and I don't think the quicker ground will be a problem."

Northamptonshire trainer Caroline Bailey is hoping Noble Legend can bounce back to his best following a hit and miss season. The seven-year-old won four of his seven starts over fences last season, culminating with a valuable success in a two mile, six furlong event at Haydock Park in March, 2013.

He has not done so well in seven starts this term, scoring once at Wetherby in December, and was last seen coming home fifth in a two and a half mile handicap chase at Haydock Park on March 19. Regular rider Andrew Thornton is in the saddle again.

Bailey said today: "Noble Legend schooled well last week and is in good form. I don't know what to make of his last run, but maybe he just wasn't good enough.

"There were excuses when he was pulled up at Sandown and Warwick. His race was over after he was squeezed on the bend at Sandown and then the trip was too far for him in the Classic Chase at Warwick.

"I hope Cheltenham will suit him as some of his best form is on undulating, galloping tracks like Leicester and Wetherby. He won't mind the good ground and he showed good form last spring, so I think everything is right for him, but it's just a case of if he is good enough on the day."

Astracad, Carrickboy and Real Milan also feature in a wide-open contest.

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