Pacha du Polder will make his seasonal debut in the Old Roan ChasePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Nicholls keen to step up Pacha Du Polder in class
PAUL NICHOLLS' exciting chaser Pacha Du Polder will make his seasonal reappearance in Saturday's Betfred Monet's Garden Old Roan Chase at Aintree.
The five-year-old, who landed a Grade 2 novice chase at Ayr by 14 lengths on his last start after skipping the Cheltenham Festival, is among the 19 entries which include stablemate Poquelin.
Champion trainer Nicholls said of Pacha Du Polder: "He will run at Aintree on Saturday as we have been happy with his work at home. His win at Ayr in April was very good but he is now moving up in class and taking on more experienced horses."
Midnight Chase (nosebanded) will be lightly campaigned this seasonPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
LAST year's Argento Chase winner Midnight Chase could start his campaign in the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday, November 3.
Trainer Neil Mulholland said: "Midnight Chase is hopefully going to run in the Charlie Hall Chase. I am delighted with him. He is in great form and looks as good as ever. He seems as good as he was before he won the Argento and he worked well at the weekend.
"The Argento is the big aim for him again this season but he will be fit and ready for the Charlie Hall because he is a lot further forward this year than he was last year. If he gets the right ground, he will run a big race.
"I'm not going to campaign him that hard because the Argento took its toll on us in the Gold Cup last year, so this year I'd rather go Charlie Hall, Argento and then try and get to Cheltenham.
"But we could also go to the Charlie Hall, Leopardstown, Argento and then miss Cheltenham and Aintree. You might only see him three or four times this season but he will be ready to rock and roll when he runs."
The New One could be back at Cheltenham next monthPICTURE: Gavin James
AINTREE festival bumper winner The New One could bid for a second Grade 2 victory at the Open meeting next month in the The Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.
Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies said: "It's certainly a race we are looking at for The New One. He has come out of his race on Friday brilliantly - he is very laid back and you wouldn't know he's had a race.
"I thought his performance at Cheltenham was very good. He was on the bridle coming to the last and just had to be shaken up on the run in and he went away well.
"He has all the right attributes and he travels well. His jumping wasn't too bad as he was quite quick over his hurdles. He wasn't spectacular, which we would like, but it was a very good performance overall. I think the form is very solid as the first two were miles clear of the rest.
"I think one day he will get three miles as he is stoutly bred but I think for the moment we will stick to two-and-a-half. He won on very soft ground at Newton Abbot - I know it wasn't much of a race - but at the moment we are not worried about the ground."
Rock On Ruby schooled on Tuesday morning for the first time this seasonPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
HARRY FRY, who trained his first ever winner at Exeter on Tuesday, issued a positive bulletin on stable star and reigning Champion Hurdler Rock On Ruby.
Speaking after the success of Highland Retreat, he said: "I realise how lucky I am to have Rock On Ruby at this stage of my career.
"He is coming along well and should be ready to run at the end of November or the beginning of December. His jockey Noel Fehily came down to school him this morning for the first time and couldn't have been happier with him".