Greatrex keen to test Approach
Views from connections ahead of the totepool Towton Novices' Chase at Wetherby on Saturday..
Missed Approach: Runs at Wetherby
Warren Greatrex expects to learn more about Missed Approach's potential ambitions for the rest of the season by running in the totepool Towton Novices' Chase at Wetherby.
The Uplands-based trainer has always held this son of Golan in high regard and two wins and two placed efforts from five starts over hurdles offered plenty of hope for the future.
He failed to run up to expectations when well-beaten on his chasing debut at Exeter in November, but showed his true colours when bolting up at Lingfield last month and Greatrex is looking forward to testing the water at Grade Two level this weekend.
Missed Approach holds an entry in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
Greatrex said: "He was disappointing first time up, but was much better at Lingfield. I thought he was impressive that day and jumped from fence to fence.
"This looks the right sort of race for him and a galloping track like Wetherby will suit.
"I think he deserves his place in the field and we'll know a bit more about where we are ability-wise afterwards."
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Another horse heading to West Yorkshire on something of a fact-finding mission is the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Calett Mad.
The French import made a winning start to his British career at Newcastle in November, but is now 18lb higher in the weights having since finished second at Ludlow before striking gold again at Taunton.
Anthony Bromley, advisor for owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, said: "He has entries in the RSA and the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March and hopefully Wetherby can give us a springboard to that.
"His run should tell us whether we are at that level or whether we need to look at handicaps.
"Calett Mad is a nice prospect and is going the right way. His handicap mark is quite high, so we thought we would come back to novice company and use the experience he has gained in handicaps.
"It will be interesting to see how he gets on and where we are with him."
The Dutchman has won over hurdles and fences at Wetherby for Scottish trainer Sandy Thomson.
The King's Theatre gelding was a hot favourite to complete a course hat-trick over the Christmas period, but had to make do with the runner-up spot behind Oldgrangewood.
"He's in good form and hasn't done much wrong over fences so far. If they'd all been level-weight races, he'd have won them all," said Thomson.
"I think his jumping could have been a bit better, but we've done quite a bit of work on that and he has a little bit more experience now.
"He's won twice at Wetherby and was second there last time, so the track obviously suits him well.
"Hopefully he'll run a nice race."
Captain Chaos, Baywing and Delusionofgrandeur have also been declared.
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