Grand plan in the making

  • By: Ashley Iveson
  • Last Updated: December 6 2012, 11:16 GMT

Ashley Iveson says Savant Bleu must be followed in the Mountsorrel Beginners' Chase at Leicester.

Paul Nicholls: Can win at Wincanton

CLONMEL: 12.45 Volt Sun, 1.15 Glens Melody, 1.45 Pretty Happy, 2.15 Dont Back Down, 2.45 Lucky Spring, 3.15 Fever Pitch, 3.45 Ballycasey.

LEICESTER: ABANDONED

LINGFIELD: 11.55 Amelia Hull, 12.25 Hoover, 12.55 The Noble Ord, 1.25 Groove On, 1.55 Small Fury, 2.25 Mezzotint, 2.55 Six Wives, 3.25 Ventura Sands.

MARKET RASEN: ABANDONED

WINCANTON: 1.10 Grandioso, 1.40 Typhon De Guye, 2.10 Goring One, 2.40 Top Wood, 3.10 Floral Spinner, 3.40 Smokey George.

DOUBLE: Brass Tax and Savant Bleu

Paul Nicholls rarely leaves Wincanton without a winner and his Grandioso looks likely to triumph in the Weatherbys Johnny Worrall Lifetime In Racing Beginners' Chase.

Although unlikely to make up into one of the stable stars at Ditcheat, the five-year-old has already won a bumper and a hurdle race and should take his game to another level now tackling the larger obstacles.

He won a handicap hurdle at Ayr's Scottish Grand National in the spring but came up short against a clutch of smart novices on his return to action at Cheltenham.

Given he is now going to be difficult to place in that sphere, it is no surprise to see connections now deciding to go chasing.

He could develop into a decent handicapper in time.

Mezzotint can make a winning return to action in the 32Red Handicap at Lingfield.

He has been off the track since winning at Windsor in June and has previously shown some smart form on the all weather.


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