Gallops Report: Rainbow ready
Our gallops reporter heads to Seven Barrows to watch the likes of Finian's Rainbow and Binocular work.
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Nicky Henderson is set to field a reduced team at Saturday's Ascot and Wincanton fixtures owing to the heavy ground that would be against the majority of his entries.
However, Ascot specialist FINIAN'S RAINBOW will run in the Betfair Ascot Chase.
Last season's Champion Chase hero enjoyed some other memorable moments at the Berkshire track last season but was found to be wrong after flopping in testing conditions there in November.
Henderson elected to give the King George VI Chase - and a first try at three miles - a miss with the Michael Buckley-owned gelding, who has been given plenty of time to recover.
He looked in good order blowing out ahead of Saturday's Grade One feature and connections are hopeful of taking him back to the Festival.
BINOCULAR continues to please in his preparation for the Champion Hurdle, but is unlikely to run in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton on Saturday due to the heavy ground.
The long-absent KHYBER KIM will, however, take his chance in the race.
Second in the 2010 Champion when trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, he recently returned to Seven Barrows and has been working encouragingly.
RIVER MAIGUE looked in good order in his stretch this morning and is set to tackle the two-mile novices' hurdle at Ascot on Saturday.
He was the subject of a recent run of cash for the Supreme Hurdle and that is very much the plan for him.
Henderson has yet to finalise plans for the two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle at Ascot, although SENTRY DUTY looks set to miss out owing to unsuitable going.
GENERAL MILLER has been working well but would also be better on good ground and may be worth following in a spring campaign later on.
However TOP OF THE RANGE looked in good heart in his latest breeze and could take his chance.