Cappa Bleu will be given more time and plans remain fluidPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Cappa Bleu to be given more time before return
GRAND NATIONAL fourth Cappa Bleu holds entries at Wetherby and Ascot on Saturday, but trainer Evan Williams warns punters in his stable tour (only in Friday's Racing Post) that the ten-year-old will not run and needs more time.
Options are open for the 2009 Cheltenham Foxhunter winner, and Williams said: "We're not sure where to go, but he's come back a sharp and happy horse. We entered him at Wetherby and Ascot [on Saturday] but he needs more time.
"We might go to Carlisle for a graduation chase in a couple of weeks, or it might be sensible to run him over hurdles a few times and go back to Aintree on the back of those. He might get an entry in the Welsh National again because if it didn't get too soft I think he'd be capable of running a very big race.
"I can't say what we'll do but when he is ready to run you've got to get an outing into him. He ran a massive race in the Grand National and although he's ten, he's got no miles on the clock and I can only think that experience can help."
Drever Route will make his first start for John Wade at WetherbyPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
THE John Wade-owned and trained Drever Route, ninth behind Wishfull Thinking in the Murphy Group Chase at Cheltenham in Janary 2011 on his last start, is set to return to the racecourse in the Listed bet365 Handicap Chase at Wetherby on Friday.
Maria Myco, assistant to Wade, said: "Drever Route hasn't run for a long time and missed the whole of last season. He hasn't run because he has terrible leg problems and he is probably going to need it, but the ground is nice at Wetherby and we thought it was a nice place to start him off.
"He is going to be a bit rusty but he is a nice horse and goes very nicely at home. I'm not expecting too much from him after such a long layoff in a race as good as this. It's a very high-class race to start him off in but he will go there with every chance depending on how he comes back."
Trainer Victor Dartnall is looking forward to running Ace HighPICTURE: Jon Winter
VICTOR DARTNALL runs Ace High in the United House Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Ascot on Saturday.
Dartnall told his website: "It's a big leap up in class and it will be interesting to see how competitive he is. He's still very inexperienced over fences to be running in a race like this but there are very limited options for him."
On Richard's Sundance Dartnall added: "We are very much looking forward to running Richard's Sundance at Exeter on Tuesday. I'm delighted with him and he's a different horse since his wind operation. I've never had him like this before."