Ballyandy has Wetherby date

Daily Star - - STARFORM - by JA­SON HEAVEY

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.

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