No Katenko in Racing Plus

  • Last Updated: February 18 2013, 18:24 GMT

Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National hopeful Katenko is a noticeable absentee from the 14 entries for the Racing Plus Chase at Kempton Park which are headed by Wyck Hill and Nacarat.

Katenko: Misses Saturday's big handicap at Kempton
Katenko: Misses Saturday's big handicap at Kempton

Trainer Venetia Williams had mentioned the valuable event after her Gold Cup hope won at Cheltenham, but she instead relies upon Summery Justice.

Williams' stable jockey Aidan Coleman told Racing UK that Katenko was "fine" and would head straight to the Gold Cup at Cheltenham next month.

Tom George's Nacarat won the race for a second time last year, having firstly struck in 2009. He also also finished second and third in previous renewals.

Wyck Hill beat Katenko at Ascot and David Bridgwater's charge still holds entries in the Gold Cup and the Grand National.

Bridgwater is counting down the days with Wyck Hill, who has been favourite since betting was opened some weeks ago.

"We're thrilled with how he's been and can't wait for Saturday," said Bridgwater.

"It's a £100,000 handicap so it's going to take some winning. Henderson and Nicholls are bound to have something lined up, but we're honoured to be favourite.

"We've been in discussions with some people about selling him as I own a bit of him as well, but at the minute all there have been is discussions."

Paul Nicholls has left in the top weight What A Friend, Rolling Aces and Join Together, while Nicky Henderson's possibles are Roberto Goldback and Quantitativeeasing.

Hector's Choice, last year's runner-up, could aim to go one better.

Race specialist Philip Hobbs can chose from 2011 winner Quinz and Duke Of Lucca.

Opening Batsmen, Same Difference and Mister Hyde are also engaged.


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