Charm bids to join illustrious roll of honour
WONDERFUL CHARM aims to follow an illustrious cast of former winners when he bids to continue his development into a live Cheltenham Festival hope at Newbury this afternoon in the Grade 2 Fuller's London Pride Novices' Chase (2.05).
His trainer Paul Nicholls won this race - registered as the Berkshire Novices' Chase - with Denman in 2006, while Dynaste took the prize a year ago and Bobs Worth prevailed by a short head from Cue Card in 2011, so there could be huge significance in the outcome of today's race.
Wonderful Charm won the Persian War Novices' Hurdle on his British debut last year before finishing eighth in the World Hurdle, but has already surpassed his hurdles mark with victories at Fakenham and the Grade 2 Rising Stars Novices' Chase at Wincanton last time out.
Nicholls said: "He's got to give weight to a couple of horses but it's a nice race for him. He'll like the ground and it's another bit of experience.
"He's already rated 150 over fences and it's frustrating there are only five runners. I can't wait to run him in a competitive race where there are plenty of runners so they can go a good gallop."
Today's key pointers
1. In the last five seasons Paul Nicholls is 8/11 with his novice chasers at Doncaster, for a level-stakes profit of £11.09 to £1 stakes. Funny Star represents him at 12.20.
2. Since the start of 2011 Nicky Henderson's runners in novice chases at Doncaster have finished 1111212 (+£3.67 to £1 stakes.) Ericht has to be of interest on his debut over fences at 12.20 based on that statistic.
3. In the last ten seasons Philip Hobbs has three wins and three places from eight runners in the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle over 3m½f at Newbury, for a level-stakes profit of £35.25 to £1 stakes.Pateese and Arthurian Legend both run this year at 1.30.
Pointers appear from Raceform Interactrive
Doncaster: hurdles, good, good to firm in places, chase, good
Musselburgh: good, good to firm in places
Newbury: hurdles, good to soft, soft in places, chase, good to soft, good in places