Waiting Patiently may head to Caspian Caviar Gold Cup

Waiting Patiently could tackle the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham after connections decided against a trip to Ireland for this weekend's John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase.

The exciting six-year-old is unbeaten in four starts over fences since joining Malcolm Jefferson from the now-retired Keith Reveley, most recently impressing on his seasonal reappearance in the Colin Parker Memorial Chase at Carlisle.

The Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown and the John Durkan were mentioned as potential big-race targets, but he looks set to line up in Cheltenham's valuable handicap on Saturday week.

Ruth Jefferson, assistant to her father, said: "The only race he's entered in is the Cheltenham race and as the ground is right and he's right, we'll probably give it a go.

"He'll have to carry top-weight, but it might be his last chance to run in a big handicap. The John Durkan is a good race, but if he went close in that, he probably wouldn't be able to run in a handicap again.

"We'll probably take him to Cheltenham and take on the big boys after that if he's good enough."

Waiting Patiently is 8/1 with Sky Bet for the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.

Waiting Patiently has been allotted 11st 11lb for the £120,000 contest with Kerry Lee's Top Gamble set to carry 1lb more as top weight if he lines up.

BetVictor Gold Cup hero Splash Of Ginge will carry 10st 8lb with the placed horses Starchitect (11st 3lb), Le Prezien (11st 7lb) and Ballyalton (10st 12lb) all engaged again.

As well as Le Prezien, Paul Nicholls could also run Clan Des Obeaux (11st 10lb) and Romain De Senam (11st).

Ladbrokes Trophy winner Total Recall has been raised 9lb and would carry 11st 11lb if he runs.

The only other Irish possibles are the Willie Mullins-trained stablemates Acapella Bourgeois (11st 6lb) and Childrens List (11st 3lb).

David Dennis' Deauville Dancer (10st 6lb) has won his last three starts and is set to take his chance if he makes the cut.

"Deauville Dancer has come out of Doncaster very well. He is quite fresh and did not have too hard a time," said Dennis

"He has gone up 7lb in the handicap on the back of that which will hopefully help us get in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, provided the ground is suitable as he doesn't want it testing.

"Although he is still a novice, he is very confident with his jumping. I think that is his forte. It is probably a bit of a brave shot going for a race like the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, but he has jumped so well that it would not be a concern.

"He seems to settle well his races now, which is a big factor, and, although he has never run over two miles and five furlongs, I don't think the trip will be problem as he was stayer on the Flat."

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