Birchdale Creates his debut over fences Within an intriguing four-runner Sky Sports Racing Novices Chase at Ascot on Friday.
The five-year-old dropped his unbeaten record when pulled in the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle also begins life in his brand new area over the intermediate trip of 3 furlongs and 2 kilometers.
However he also faces a far from simple task, as up against him is Nicky Henderson-trained stablemate Angels Breath, Nick Giffords The Mighty Don – who is actually the highest-rated runner of their four – plus Kim Baileys First Flow.
Produced by JP McManus, Birchdale is going to be ridden by Barry Geraghty, who stated:Hes one to look ahead, he is schooled nicely at Nickys, so fingers crossed.
When results do not work out as youd like (in Cheltenham) you are inclined to believe youve got it wrong.
The time before he had been in the process of conducting a huge race, even before Brewinupastorm fell, thus we know hes good.
Ascot is the best track to start off at, so Im looking forward to it.
First Flow proved to be a smart novice hurdler two seasons ago, but because of the ground that prevailed for much of the previous campaign, he was only out after.
This expression has already run , though, when finishing second to 2018 Supreme Novices Hurdle winner Summerville Boy on his pursuing bow in Uttoxeter.
But that performance was notable for the fact therefore its no surprise to see him switch to a right-handed track he jumped markedly right at a few fences.
Hed favour going directly in all of his obstacle races, but we wanted to start him off at Uttoxeter, said Bailey.
Hence we are going right today. It was a great run apart from that, however we can do with some rain
Bailey also has an interest in a subsequent race, the Join Kim BaileyIntroductory Hurdle.
Ill be doing my best to acquire it with Mr Grey Sky, he was two in bumpers and looks a great horse, explained Bailey.