African chasing Uttoxeter spoils

by British Horseracing Authority News Headlines 7 months ago

African Gold is expected to bounce back from a disappointing debut over fences at Cheltenham when he lines up for the Quicksilverslots Play �500 Roulette Novices’ Chase at Uttoxeter on Tuesday.

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained five-year-old was a well-beaten third behind Le Bec over an extended three miles last month, but has pleased connections since then.

“He’s had a good run since that race. He’s schooled well and I’m looking forward to it,” said jockey Sam Twiston-Davies.

“At Cheltenham he got very tired and hopefully he’s back on the right track.”

African Gold was a leading staying novice hurdler last term, winning four races on the bounce before finishing second to At Fishers Cross in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Among African Gold’s seven rivals at the Staffordshire track are Jeremy Scott’s Ballinahow Star, who was second there on her chasing debut, Paul Webber’s Sixty Something and the Tim Vaughan-trained Milborough.

Legacy Gold, a 210,000 gns purchase for the David Pipe team, makes her jumps debut in the Quicksilver Slots Get Up To �200 Freeplays Mares’ Maiden Hurdle.

The five-year-old was unbeaten in three bumpers for Irish trainer Stuart Crawford last term and was third behind The Govaness in a Listed Cheltenham bumper on her first run for new connections last month.

“She’s schooled well and she’s all right,” said owner Roger Brookhouse.

“Uttoxeter is always a nice track for them to start on.”

Legacy Gold is among a field of 15 for this two-mile contest and opposition includes the David Dennis-trained Princess Caetani and David Bridgwater’s Vinnieslittle Lamb, who both have racing experience over the smaller obstacles.

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