TERREFORT EYES WIN­NING RE­TURN

Sunderland Echo - - Racing -

Terrefort can tee him­self up for a pos­si­ble crack at the Lad­brokes Tro­phy with a reap­pear­ance win in the 188Bet Fu­ture Stars Intermediate Chase at Sandown.

The grey had not im­pressed Nicky Henderson at home on his ar­rival from France and was rather un­her­alded when he made his Bri­tish de­but at Hunt­ing­don.

That day in Jan­uary he laughed at a mark of 137 and to show how far out it was he won his next start in Grade One com­pany in the Scilly Isles.

It was on to Chel­tenham next where he found only Gordon El­liott’s Shat­tered Love too good in the JLT Novices’ Chase but he ended the sea­son in per­fect fash­ion when cop­ing with the step up to three miles at Ain­tree.

He beat Ms Par­fois there, who had gone close in the four-miler at Chel­tenham, with Ele­gant Es­cape back in third and this looks the per­fect start­ing point.

There will not be a dry eye if Pete The Feat can win his own race, the Vet­er­ans’ Hand­i­cap Chase, but Rock Gone has youth on his side.

Four years younger at just 10, Rock Gone is trained by Dr Richard New­land who can do lit­tle wrong at present.

He was last seen chas­ing home Go Con­quer at As­cot a year ago, which as re­cent form in the con­text of this race goes is head and shoul­ders the best.

Ob­vi­ously tricky to train, he has only raced 13 times, if he is fully fit he will take plenty of beat­ing.

Vi­vas’ flu­ent jump­ing can prove a huge as­set in the Best Odds Guar­an­teed At 188Bet Chase.

Oth­ers are likely to be ahead of Char­lie Longs­don’s seven-year-old in the mar­ket.

But in back-to-back wins in just two at­tempts over fences so far, at Plump­ton and Fon­twell last month, Vi­vas has demon­strated an ex­cel­lent tech­nique over the ob­sta­cles.

That will be tested again here, with Sandown a renowned and ex­act­ing ex­am­i­na­tion of fenc­ing - but Vi­vas and Jonathan Burke should be up to the task again.

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