Bumper Jewson and NH Chase entries

  • Last Updated: February 20 2013, 14:13 GMT

Hadrian's Approach is the most significant absentee in the Jewson Novices' Chase as ante-post market leaders stood their ground.

Captain Conan: Favourite for the Jewson
Captain Conan: Favourite for the Jewson

Nicky Henderson's runner has finished second in his last two starts over three miles, showing smart form in the process, and a RSA Chase entry suggests he'll run over the same distance at the Festival.

Captain Conan, Aupcharlie and Dynaste remain potential runners, although the latter would seem destined for the RSA Chase too.

Tom George is represented by Module, while the likes of Arvika Ligeonniere and Fago have entries in this contest as well as the Racing Post Arkle Trophy.

Boston Bob has been scratched from the Arkle but still holds a Jewson entry, as do five-year-olds Unioniste and Argocat.

A total of 58 horses remain in the John Oaksey National Hunt Chase, but Rocky Creek is not one of them.

The Paul Nicholls-trained performer won the Reynoldstown at Ascot to book a ticket to the Festival, but according to the trainer he will either run in the RSA Chase or miss the meeting entirely and wait for Aintree.

"I don't think he was at his best last time, he was just a bit flat," said Nicholls."I think he could be very decent and I'm just not sure if I want to go to Cheltenham or keep him back for Aintree - I need to talk things through with the owners and see what we decide.

"What I didn't want to do was be tempted into running him in the four-miler though, so I am took him out. We'll probably run Hawkes Point in that."

Mullins pair Boston Bob and Back In Focus both feature along with Kim Bailey's Harry Topper, who impressed at Exeter last time and has received positive reports from his trainer.

David Pipe's Goulanes and Buddy Bolero remain possible runners along with Rival D'Estruval for northern trainer Pauline Robson.


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