Paul Nicholls Video Exclusive: Course lover Frodon will run a big race in the Cotswold
It's a big weekend in store for Betfair Ambassador Paul Nicholls who will saddle some big chances on Festival Trials day at Cheltenham on Saturday and a couple of runners in the big race at Doncaster...
Fresh from his holiday in Barbados Paul talks about his impressive Ascot winner Cyrname, who produced a superb display of jumping last Saturday and will return to the track for the Betfair Ascot Chase in February, where stable star Politologue is also an intended runner.
Looking ahead to the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on 9 February Paul confirms that both Getaway Trump and Mont Des Avaloirs will run all being well, and that he has two live chances on his hand.
Modus is Paul's only runner on Friday and the trainer believes the fast ground at Doncaster will suit the horse, who runs in the Handicap Chase at 13:55.
Moving on to Saturday Paul gives a stable debut to Dogon in the Triumph Hurdle trial, and he's a horse that does everything well at home, though Paul admits it's a bit of a learning exercise on Saturday and the horse will have to improve on his French form to feature.
Brelan D'As could run in either the Novice Handicap Chase or the more valuable Handicap Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday but wherever he goes Paul reports that the horse is in great form following his Haydock win from which the form has been franked.
Impressive Caspian Caviar Gold Cup winner Frodon will step up in trip for the Cotswold Chase and Paul believes he will run a big race on a course he loves. He is the early favourite on the Betfair Sportsbook.
And finally at Doncaster on Saturday Paul will saddle two runners - Warriors Tale and Art Maureque - in the feature race of the day, the Sky Bet Chase with both expected to love the ground, while Dynamite Dollars and Truckers Lodge will run in Grade 2 contests at the Yorkshire venue.
Paul believes Dynamite Dollars is his best chance of a winner and has a great chance of beating Lalor, while Truckers Lodge is an improving young horse who will also have every chance.