Saturday, 2 December 2017

Newbury: Paul Nicholls keen to keep 'the ball rolling' with six-time winner Black Corton

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Paul Nicholls claims that Black Corton is better than ever as he seeks to continue his prolific winning record in Newbury's Grade Two John Francome Novices' Chase (12:45).

The six-year-old is seeking his seventh straight victory for the master of Ditcheat, after seeing off the well-regarded Ballyoptic at Cheltenham last month.

He will have to give 3lb to his rivals, but the ride of young jockey Byrony Frost could be set to extend his tremendous record.

"He's amazed me by his relentless improvement since switching to fences," Nicholls told his Betfair blog.

"I've always felt you should keep a horse going when he is on a roll and this race is the next logical step after his latest fine victory at Cheltenham.

"I was going to keep Black Corton back for the three mile novice chase at Kempton's Christmas meeting, but he is in such good form at home it makes sense to strike while the iron is hot with Hattie Heal, his rider, assuring me he has never felt better.

"He is also very well suited by the race conditions as he has to give only 3lbs to less experienced rivals."

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Anthony Honeyball sends his exciting novice chaser Fountain's Windfall to Berkshire

Anthony Honeyball's Fountain's Windfall was a top handicap hurdler last season, and made a workmanlike debut win over fences when securing an eleven length success at Southwell.

Sir Ivan is currently two from two this season for Harry Fry, he won by two lengths when last seen at Uttoxeter at October.

Elegant Escape has finished second on his two appearences over fences, whilst Wait For Me was a faller when last seen at Chepstow.

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