Abo­li­tion­ist in line for Ain­tree re­turn

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Sam Twis­ton-Davies

four weeks’ time, if he comes out of this race well.”

New­land won the Grand Na­tional in 2014 with Pineau De Re, an­other horse he ac­quired from Ire­land. He feels the two horses have sim­i­lar­i­ties.

“They both have a zest and a sim­i­lar keen way of go­ing about things,” said New­land.

“Abo­li­tion­ist is prob­a­bly a bet­ter jumper than Pineau De Re, who had a touch more class than Abo­li­tion­ist in terms of his early years in what he could do over shorter dis­tances, but they wouldn’t be too dis­sim­i­lar.”

ABO­LI­TION­IST could re­turn to Ain­tree for the Ran­dox Health Becher Chase next month af­ter win­ning on his be­lated first run for trainer Dr Richard New­land.In­jury pre­vented the 10-yearold from run­ning for the Claines han­dler since he left Ell­marie Holden’s sta­ble in Ire­land, af­ter be­ing un­placed at Kil­lar­ney in Au­gust last year.Abo­li­tion­ist had fin­ished third in the Ir­ish Grand Na­tional and was bought by New­land as a Grand Na­tional con­tender.That plan had to be scrapped, but it could be on the cards next spring af­ter he made a tri­umphant re­turn in the Pertemps Net­work (Sup­port­ing BTRC) Hand­i­cap Hurdle.Rid­den by Sam Twis­ton-Davies, Abo­li­tion­ist (11-8 favourite) made most be­fore pulling clear in the clos­ing stages to score by 10 lengths from The Or­gan­ist.“I’m thrilled to bits. It showed he’s still a race­horse. Great ef­fort from the team at home to get him straight to­day to run well and hope­fully he can go on from that,” New­land said.“We’ve had him for well over a year and he had in­juries last year, which is why he couldn’t line up in the Na­tional. Hope­fully we’ll run him in the Becher Chase in

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