French raider in Betfair Chase
Vezelay is set to add a dash of Gallic flair to the Betfair Chase at Haydock with trainer Emmanuel Clayeux travelling over from France with his horse on Tuesday.
Felix De Giles: Rides Vezelay at Haydock
The seven-year-old is not the most obvious contender for Grade One glory as a general 50-1 shot, but Clayeux admits is is hard to find suitable opportunities in France for a horse who has bagged just short of £430,000 in prize-money.
A winner at both Grade Two and Three level over fences, Vezelay was also third behind multiple Grade One winner Milord Thomas in the Prix la Haye Jousselin last November but did not fare quite so well when only seventh in the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris back in May.
He recently finished second over hurdles at Auteuil and regular jockey Felix de Giles, who used to ride for the likes of Nicky Henderson earlier in his career, is set to be in the saddle once again.
Clayeux said: "We plan to run.
"It will be a difficult race for him but it is hard to find a race for him in France as he has won a lot of money.
"I wouldn't want too much rain. Soft ground would be good for him.
"The distance is fine for him and Felix de Giles, who is my first rider, is English and he will know the track."
In contrast to the French outsider, Seeyouatmidnight is as low as 8-1 to land a first Grade One victory in the Betfair Chase.
He finished a creditable third in the Scottish Grand National on his final start last term and opened this season with a comfortable 12-length victory over Bristol De Mai at Carlisle last month.
Sandy Thomson's charge is due to be ridden by in-form Brian Hughes, who had a five-timer at Musselburgh on Monday.
Hughes said: "He's very well, we'll just have to hope for a bit of luck.
"Obviously he'll need to improve again on what he did at Carlisle and this is a step into the unknown.
"He should have his ground at least."
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