Sport Horse Racing

Sunday 21 January 2018

Appleaday can keep his elder foes at bay

Ascot sign off their jumps season tomorrow and the old boys get a chance to shine in the Ascot Veterans Handicap Chase.

At 10, Appleaday is a spring chicken compared to some of his rivals, but he appeals. He may not have won in over two years, but Paul Webber's charge has shown signs of a renaissance recently, with the application of cheekpieces appearing to wake him up a bit.

At the other end of the scale to the veterans, Architrave must have a shout in the juvenile handicap hurdle.

A three-time winner last summer, he found the switch to Graded company too big an ask on easier ground at Cheltenham in November and was duly put away over the winter months.

Although Tim Vaughan sent him for the Triumph, that was probably more in hope than expectation but he largely ran well before weakening. Vaughan showed with his winner at Aintree yesterday -- Saint Are in the Sefton Novices Hurdle -- that his string are in form.

Squadron needs a sound surface to show his best so he must be one for the short list in the novices' chase.

Irish Independent

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