Ballyandy has Wetherby date
FORMER Cheltenham Festival hero Ballyandy has a date in Yorkshire on Wednesday before a possible tilt at the BetVictor Gold Cup.
Nigel Twiston-Davies says the seven-year-old is in fine form ahead of his seasonal debut.
Ballyandy is one of 14 entries for the £12,600 Bobby Renton Handicap Chase at Wetherby over two-and-a-half miles.
He made a successful start to his chasing career at Perth last autumn but failed to fire in two subsequent starts, most recently when pulled up behind Mister Whitaker at Cheltenham in January.
He landed the Grade Three Betfair Hurdle at Newbury in 2017 and earlier captured the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham.
Twiston-Davies said: “Ballyandy is in really good form and we would like to run at Wetherby next week if we can.
“We would like to see good jumping ground. There is a bit of rain about so hopefully the ground will be fine.
“We will see how he gets on but the BetVictor Gold Cup could be a possibility afterwards.”
Twiston-Davies used Wetherby as the starting point for last year’s BetVictor Gold Cup winner Splash Of Ginge.
The trainer is in fine form at present, with seven winners in the last fortnight and boasts a 20 per cent strike rate at Wetherby.
JP McManus has two possible Bobby Renton runners in the shape of Bouvreuil and Demi Sang, both of whom have joined Middleham trainer Ben Haslam from Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins.