Find out why victory in the Sky Bet Chase for Aye Right would mean so much
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Scottish Borders-based trainer Harriet Graham is chasing her biggest win with Aye Right, who went close to reaching those heights in November when finishing second in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury.
Graham, who trains a string of just eight at her yard at Jedburgh near Kelso, has since given Aye Right a spin in an all-weather bumper at Newcastle to put him right for a tilt at the Town Moor highlight.
She said: "We've been covered in snow of late, so we've been taking him down for racecourse gallops at Newcastle, so when they put the bumper on we thought we'd give him a spin in it to put him right for this."
Sent off favourite, the eight-year-old finished sixth in the 2m contest, which was right on the edge of his minimum distance.
Graham, also clerk of the course at Musselburgh and Hamilton, said: "Make no mistake, if this comes off it will be our biggest win. I just wish it was two furlongs longer and on better ground, but we've had this on our radar since the weights came out, so we'll give it a go."
As to her tiny operation, she added: "We've our own all-weather gallop and we keep them fit mainly by hacking over the Cheviot Hills, which are close by where there is plenty of fresh air."
Win, lose or draw, Graham has one regret, saying: "It's a shame the owners Geoff and Elspeth Adam can't be there at the moment and will have to watch the race at home on TV. They're mad keen as they drove from Scotland to see the horse run at Newbury and could only stay for 45 minutes!"
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What they say
Paul Nicholls, trainer of Give Me A Copper
When he's on song he's a decent horse, it's just a case of catching him right. He ran well there last time, is in good shape at the moment and I'd be disappointed if he doesn't run very well.
Alan King, trainer of Canelo
He's 6lb higher than at Wetherby and this would be his toughest task yet, but the long straight at Doncaster should suit him well and he won't mind the ground.
Sandy Thompson, trainer of Yorkhill
We had wanted to run him at Cheltenham, but we've rerouted here. Hopefully the ground won't be too bad, but it's the same everywhere at the moment.
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Nicky Richards, trainer of Takingrisks and Guitar Pete
Takingrisks definitely gets three miles and will be doing all his best work at the finish, while Guitar Pete tipped up at Kempton when going nicely the other day and is in grand fettle, but if they get any more rain down there he won't be running.
Kim Bailey, trainer of Rocky's Treasure
He's a course record holder at the track but he won't be breaking any records this time with the ground as it is. He won well there last time and this has been the plan since, but it looks very competitive. Hopefully he won't be disgraced.
Olly Murphy, trainer of The Butcher Said
I've always thought him capable of running well in a big handicap and he's back from a break before which I ran him back too quick at Newcastle. If he handles the ground, he would have an each-way chance.
Christian Williams, trainer of Cap Du Nord
He was unlucky to bump into a good one at Kempton last time, but on the plus side he would have gone up more in the weights for this if he had have won. You can make a case to say he's better on better ground, but he should handle it.
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