Ge­orge aims to get a Shuf­fle on to­day

The Racing Paper - - News - By Sam Jack­son

TOM Ge­orge is hop­ing Dou­ble Shuf­fle can run up to his best Kemp­ton form when he goes for Grade Two hon­ours in the bet365 Char­lie Hall Chase at Wetherby to­day.

The eight-year-old put up a first-class dis­play to push Might Bite to a length in the King Ge­orge VI Chase at Kemp­ton last Christ­mas and a re­pro­duc­tion of that form should see him go close.

There is all to pay for in the three-mile fea­ture af­ter horses such as Thistlecrack and Bris­tol de Mai were not de­clared due to the ground not be­ing on the soft side. How­ever, con­di­tions should suit Ge­orge’s run­ner.

“He’s in good form. He’ll get his ground, he hasn’t had it for a bit. It’s a start­ing point,” said the Slad trainer.

“He had a nice sum­mer, he’s in good form and we’re look­ing for a nice run.

“He ob­vi­ously seems to be bet­ter round Kemp­ton than any­where else, but I think Wetherby should suit him, it’s a flat track which he likes, and he likes the bet­ter ground, so let’s hope he can show his Kemp­ton form.”

An­thony Honey­ball does not want the go­ing to be too quick for Re­gal En­core, who is ready to grab this op­por­tu­nity rather than take up his other en­gage­ment at As­cot the same af­ter­noon.

“His prep has gone re­ally well. We had this race and the one at As­cot in mind. With the race at Wetherby cut­ting up we’re let­ting him take his chance there,” said Honey­ball.

“He’s not too badly off at the weights. It’s a re­al­is­tic op­por­tu­nity for him.”

He added: “We’ve de­clared on good ground, but we’ll have to see what peo­ple think of the ground up there. As long as it’s safe ground then we’re look­ing for­ward to run­ning him.”

Paul Ni­cholls is not con- cerned about the ground for Black Cor­ton, who is hav­ing his first race since April af­ter be­ing suc­cess­ful a to­tal of nine times from June through to Fe­bru­ary.

“Black Cor­ton doesn’t mind if the ground is quick,” Ni­cholls said.

“Frodon did well on Sun­day (win­ning the Old Roan Chase) and Black Cor­ton is very much in the same mould as him.

“He’s not an ob­vi­ous Gold Cup win­ner, but he’ll run well to his level and if the ground is quick the Char­lie Hall might well suit him.”

Brian El­li­son’s Definitly Red will at­tempt to im­prove two places on his third spot in this race 12 months ago, while Dan Skel­ton’s Vir­gilio, a dual win­ner in the sum­mer, com­pletes the quin­tet.

In good form: Dou­ble Shuf­fle

No con­cerns: Paul Ni­cholls

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