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Court is tipped to get first triumph
9:00pm Saturday 19th January 2013 in Sport
MORETON-in-Marsh trainer Martin Keighley is confident Champion Court can get off the mark this season.
Following fourth in Kempton’s King George VI Chase, the eight-year-old heads to Haydock on Saturday.
He comes back from three miles to two miles and five furlongs and is nine pounds better off than his rivals.
Keighley said: “It’s hopefully a good opportunity for him to get a win on the board and a confidence-booster before Cheltenham.”
The Ryanair Chase is his likely target at March’s Cheltenham Festival.
Four-year-old Johnny Og (11-4 second-favourite) won for Keighley at Catterick.
- Chipping Norton trainer Charlie Longsdon is considering festival options for Pendra after his second place in Grade One company.
The five-year-old was fourand- a-half lengths behind Melodic Rendezvous at Sandown.
Longsdon enjoyed a triumph at Warwick but it was not the expected victor.
Favourite Pete The Feat (7- 2) finished third in the Betfred Classic Chase to end his five-race winning run.
But eight-year-old Ely Brown (12-1) claimed the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle.
- Temple Guiting trainer Jonjo O’Neill won with Cloudy Copper (5-2 joint-favourite) at Kempton and Cabaret Girl (22-1) at Huntingdon.
He also struck with Dream Again Boys (9-2) at Ffos Las.