Saturday, 4 November 2017

West Yorkshire Hurdle: Wholestone out to boost Stayers' Hurdle claim

Embed from Getty Images Nigel Twiston-Davies is hoping Wholestone can take one step closer to his first Stayers' Hurdle win in Wetherby's  Bet365 Hurdle (2:40).

The six-year-old landed two Grade Two novice prizes at Cheltenham last season, before finishing third behind Penhill in the Albert Bartlett.

On his seasonal return he finished an encouraging fourth at Chepstow, which worked perfectly as a prep run for one of the best trials for the Stayers' Hurdle.

"We were delighted with his run at Chepstow," said Twiston-Davies.

"It would have been nice to win, but he was close enough (fourth) and the extra half-mile will help.

"We are hoping he is a World Hurdle horse, but statistically he has got a lot of improving to do. Hopefully he will do, though.

"If he happened to get well stuffed over hurdles there is a chance he could go novice chasing."

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Lil Rockerfeller will go off favourite after his hugely impressive Cheltenham Festival second

Paul Nicholls has won three of the last five runnings of this race, and he is strongly represented this year with Ptit Zig.

The eight-year-old was a Grade One winner in France last year, but finished midfield in top level contests throughout the season.

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Lil Rockerfeller was a stable star for Neil King, finishing second in Ascot's Long Walk Hurdle and going agonisingly close to Stayers' Hurdle glory at Cheltenham in March.

Warren Greatrex is running Missed Approach as a prep run for next month's Ladbroke Trophy at Newbury.

Fountain's Waterfall, Gayebury and Colin's Sister also contest the Grade Two prize.

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