Circus to entertain at Chepstow
Our gallops reporter heads to Minehead to run the rule over Philip Hobbs' best hopes ahead of the weekend.
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Philip Hobbs sent a posse of his horses up the steep woodchip all-weather at Sandhills, including IMPERIAL CIRCUS, who should be worth following at Chepstow on Saturday.
The six-year-old is improving from race to race and will be hard to beat in a beginners chase following some proficient schooling - as well as a pleasing breeze.
PERSIAN SNOW might not be the best-handicapped horse in the yard but he has plenty of ability when things fall right for him.
Always an exuberant worker, he looked on good terms with himself in his latest piece of faster work ahead of an engagement at Aintree on Saturday.
BIG EASY, who runs at Sandown on Saturday, did not figure on his return to action but that outing seems to have brushed away the cobwebs.
He has been going nicely and can improve on his next start in a handicap hurdle.
SONOFTHEKING ran well in his only point-to-point and has looked a promising new recruit to the yard.
He is shaping like a decent sort for bumpers and looks one to follow in that sphere.
WISHFULL THINKING seems to have taken his resounding triumph in the Schloer Chase at Cheltenham in his stride and following some exuberant work up the steep all-weather will be one of the main hopes for major success from the marquee horses.
He seems more settled and amenable to restraint, but just needs to get his jumping together.
CHANCE DU ROY is a gritty performer that should do well in middle-distance handicap chases.
He has done well throughout the summer and takes his chance in the Grand Sefton at Aintree.