Elliott reports Roi Du Mee 'in good form' for tilt at Haydock showpiece
Gordon Elliott is to let Roi Du Mee take his chance against the big guns in Saturday's eagerly-awaited Betfair Chase at Haydock.
The impressive winner of last month's JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal is likely to face last season's Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth and last year's Lexus Chase hero Tidal Bay.
According to Elliott, his charge is in "good form" for the trip while the Willie Mullins-trained Prince De Beauchene – third in the Down Royal contest – is also a possible traveller. Elliott said: "The plan is for Roi Du Mee to go to Haydock on Saturday. He's been in good form since Down Royal."
Apart from Bobs Worth, Nicky Henderson could also be represented by 2011 Gold Cup winner Long Run, which has plenty to prove after finishing out of the first three for the first time over fences when fifth in the Charlie Hall at Wetherby.
Silviniaco Conti is likely to form part of a twin-pronged assault alongside stablemate Tidal Bay for Paul Nicholls. With stable jockey Daryl Jacob due to ride Zarkandar and Al Ferof at Ascot, Noel Fehily will be aboard Silviniaco Conti and Sam Twiston-Davies is in line to keep the ride on Tidal Bay after a recent hurdles success at Wetherby.
David Pipe confirmed talented grey Dynaste is likely to start his campaign in the Haydock showpiece, while Colin Tizzard's stable star Cue Card is set to step back up in distance after finishing third in the Haldon Gold Cup.
Meanwhile, Dermot Weld's former inmate Dubai Prince made a smooth transition to the jumping game at Leicester with a stylish display in the Burton Overy Novices' Hurdle.
Making his first racecourse appearance since winning the Group Three Strensall Stakes at York in August of last year, the five-year-old was 8/11 favourite for his hurdling bow and jumped fluently in the hands of Denis O'Regan to win by six lengths and earn a 25/1 quote for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.
In the same race, Maurice Linehan was suspended for 14 days after stewards ruled the rider failed to take all reasonable and permissible measures to obtain the best possible placing during his fourth-placed finish on Join The Clan.
Betfair Chase – Paddy Power bet: 2/1 Bobs Worth, 5/2 Silviniaco Conti, 11/2 Dynaste, 7/1 Cue Card, 9/1 Tidal Bay, 10/1 Long Run, 16/1 Roi Du Mee, The Giant Bolster, 20/1 bar.