Vet­eran Kim­berella keen to chip in

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TRAINER Richard Fa­hey is hop­ing Kim­berella can deal with ‘un­fin­ished busi­ness’ when he lines up for the Bet­fred TV Chipchase Stakes at New­cas­tle to­day.

The pop­u­lar vet­eran suf­fered trou­ble in run­ning when beaten a head and a neck in third place in this six-fur­long Group Three heat 12 months ago.

At the age of eight, Kim­berella is the old­est horse tak­ing part this year, but he con­tin­ues to re­tain his form – as he showed when just going down by a nose to Sir Dancealot over this trip at Hamil­ton, when he tried to make all the run­ning. “He’s in good form. He ran in it last year and was a bit un­lucky,” said Fa­hey.

“There’s some un­fin­ished busi­ness, but it’s a very com­pet­i­tive race and a very open race. At least he han­dles the track.”

Yafta steps into Pat­tern­race com­pany for the first time af­ter show­ing a good level of form in hand­i­caps.

Trainer Richard Han­non is giv­ing the Dark An­gel colt the chance in a higher grade af­ter he failed by just a head to give 21lb to Maksab at New­mar­ket on his lat­est start.

“It is a big step up for him, but he is going the right way,” said Han­non.

“I think he wants seven fur­longs, but six fur­longs at New­cas­tle should suit him.”

Hugo Palmer feels Never Back Down can back up the good per­for­mance he showed when spring­ing a 25-1 sur­prise in the Listed Carnar­von Stakes at New­bury six weeks ago.

“I’m very happy with him. He’s less to find to win the Chipchase than he had to win the Carnar­von,” said the New­mar­ket trainer.

“He’s been in good form at home. It’s fin­gers crossed.”

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