Finian's Rainbow: Saturday's run will be his first since a breathing operationPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Finian's Rainbow gets Paddy Power go-ahead
NICKY HENDERSON has elected to let topweight Finian's Rainbow take his chance in Saturday's Paddy Power Gold Cup, although a decision on big-race favourite Dynaste's participation has yet to be made.
The champion trainer had been wrestling with a choice of Saturday's 2m4½f handicap, for which the sponsors make Finian's Rainbow a 14-1 chance, or the Listed Schloer Chase over two miles the following day.
The drying conditions at Prestbury Park have swayed the Seven Barrows team to choose Saturday's £160,000 contest, which will be Finian's Rainbow's first run since undergoing a breathing operation.
Having spoken to owner Michael Buckley on Wednesday, Henderson told the Racing Post: "Finian's runs in the Paddy Power on Saturday."
Although Henderson's decision has brought some much-needed clarity to the ante-post picture for the biggest race of the jumps season so far, uncertainty on Wednesday night continued to surround the Cheltenham participation of Dynaste.
Trainer David Pipe will leave it until Thursday's declaration stage before deciding whether to go down the Paddy Power route with his 5-1 market leader or wait for Haydock's Betfair Chase.
The latest going report from Cheltenham describes the ground as good, good to soft in places, and the weather forecast is largely dry. The cross-country course, which will be used for the first time this season on Friday, is currently good after watering.
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