Birchdale makes chasing debut at Ascot
Birchdale makes his debut over fences in an intriguing four-runner Sky Sports Racing Novices Chase at Ascot.
The five-year-old lost his unbeaten record when pulled in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle also starts life in his discipline over the intermediate excursion of 3 furlongs and two kilometers.
But he also faces a far from simple endeavor, as him is Nicky Henderson-trained stablemate Angels Breath, Nick Gifford’s The Mighty Don – who’s your highest-rated runner of those four – and Kim Bailey’s very first Flow.
Produced by JP McManus, Birchdale will be ridden by Barry Geraghty, who said:”He is one to look ahead, he’s schooled nicely at Nicky’s, so fingers crossed.
“When consequences don’t workout as you would like (at Cheltenham) you are inclined to think you’ve got it wrong.
“The time until he was in the practice of conducting a gigantic race, before Brewin’upastorm dropped, therefore we know he is good.
“Ascot is the ideal path to start off at, so I am looking forward for this ”
First Flow proved to be a novice hurdler two seasons ago, but because of the ground that prevailed for much of the effort, he was out after.
This term has run when finishing Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner Summerville Boy on his pursuing stunt in Uttoxeter.
But that performance was noteworthy because of the fact so it is no real surprise to see him change to a right-handed track he jumped at a few fences.
“He’d favour going straight in all of his hurdle races, but we needed to start off him at Uttoxeter,” explained Bailey.
“Hence we’re going right today. It was a great run aside from that, but we could do with some rain”
Bailey also has an interest in a race, the’ Join Kim Bailey’Introductory’ Hurdle.
“I’ll be doing my best to win it with Mr Grey Sky, that he was two from two in bumpers and seems a great horse,” said Bailey.