Dear Villez: 6-1 favourite with sponsors for the Totesport Classic ChasePICTURE: Healy Racing/racingfotos.com
Nicholls targets Classic Chase with Dear Villez
MUNSTER NATIONAL winner Dear Villez has been installed as the 6-1 favourite by the sponsors for the Totesport Classic Chase at Warwick on Saturday and is a likely runner according to trainer Paul Nicholls.
The seven-year-old is one of 25 entries for the 3m5f handicap chase, which will also feature Alexanderthegreat, recent Welsh National faller Miko De Beauchene and Monkerhostin.
Dear Villez is also engaged in the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park on January 22, but Nicholls warned the Warwick race is the preferred option, should the course survive the recent spell of cold weather.
He said: "Dear Villez is in at Warwick if it goes ahead. I put him and Nozic in for the Thyestes to see what kind of weights they would get."
Irish raider Hoopy has scored on his last two visits to England and his trainer Gordon Elliott said: "We will see what the weather is like later in the week but he came out of the Leopardstown race and it is looking like he might take his chance."
"He stayed on very well last time and I would say with another furlong he wouldn't have been far away as he was flying there at the finish.
"All he does is stay and if he doesn't run this weekend, he could go to Doncaster at the end of the month.
"We'll have a chat with the owners and make a decision."
Totesport: 6 Dear Villez 7 Hoopy, 10 Alexanderthegreat, Bannister Lane, D'Argent, Kandjar d'Allier 12 Malko De Beaumont, Miko De Beauchene, Monkerhostin 14 Glasker Mill, Hello Bud, King Harald, Martha's Kinsman, Out The Black 16 Nadover 20 Naunton Brook, Pass Me A Dime, Pass Me By 25 Iwillrememberyou, Lysander, Nudge And Nurdle, Philson Run 33 Lucky Nellerie, Mister Apple's, Tank Top