Birchdale Leaves his debut over fences in an intriguing Sky Sports Racing Novices Chase at Ascot on Friday.
The five-year-old missing his unbeaten record when pulled up in the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle over three miles at the Cheltenham Festival, also starts life in his new discipline over the trip of 2 kilometers and three furlongs.
But he also faces a job, as up against him is Nicky Henderson-trained stablemate Angels Breath, Nick Giffords The Mighty Don – who is the runner of those four – plus Kim Baileys very first Flow.
Owned by JP McManus, Birchdale will be ridden by Barry Geraghty, who said:Hes one to look ahead, hes schooled nicely at Nickys, so fingers crossed.
When consequences do not work out as you would like (at Cheltenham) you tend to think you have got it wrong.
The time before he was in the process of running a enormous race, even before Brewinupastorm fell, so we know he is good.
Ascot is the ideal path to start off at, so I am looking forward for this
First Flow was a novice hurdler two seasons back, but due to the ground that appeared for much of this effort, he was out once.
This term has already run when finishing Supreme Novices Hurdle winner Summerville Boy on his chasing bow in Uttoxeter.
But that functionality was notable because of the fact so its no real surprise that he jumped right at some fences.
He did favour going directly in all of his hurdle races, but we wanted to start him off at Uttoxeter, said Bailey.
Hence were going right today. It was a great run aside from that, but we can do with some rain
Bailey also has an interest in a race, the Join Kim BaileyIntroductory Hurdle.
I will do my very best to win it together with Mr Grey Sky, that he was just two in bumpers and looks a great horse, explained Bailey.
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