McManus trio at Market Rasen
It's A Gimme, the winner in 2014, spearheads a three-pronged attack from owner JP McManus on the Betfred Summer Plate Handicap Chase at Market Rasen on Saturday.
The 10-year-old was steered to victory by Tony McCoy three years ago and with the perennial champion jockey retired, he will be ridden by Aidan Coleman.
One of two runners from the Jonjo O'Neill stable, It's A Gimme has had the benefit of two outings this summer since returning from a 10-month break.
"He's going back there again. He's higher in the weights, but Jonjo's happy with him and it's a lovely race to have runners in. He's hoping for a good run," said Frank Berry, racing manager to owner McManus.
O'Neill's other contender is I'dliketheoption, who returned to form with a nice win over this course in May.
"He lost his way a bit, but he's back in good form and we're hoping for the best," said Berry.
The Ben Haslam-trained Cup Final completes the McManus raid and the eight-year-old appears to be enjoying a change of scenery having left Nicky Henderson's stable, with one win and two seconds in four starts for the North Yorkshire handler.
"He's a novice so probably lacks a bit of experience, but he's been running well all summer," said Berry.
"He'll learn a lot from the race but we're hoping that he'll run well."
Peter Bowen saddles Earthmoves and Wadswick Court, ridden by his sons Sean and James respectively, as he bids to win this big prize for a fifth time.
"Earthmoves has to step up again from his last run, I suppose, but he seems to be on the up so let's hope he keeps progressing," said the Haverfordwest handler.
"Wadswick Court ran well last week and he has been quite consistent. He won't have much weight on his back so he might think he's loose."
Henryville will attempt to make amends after being brought down at the final fence 12 months ago, when holding every chance.
However, Harry Fry's charge has gone up in the weights and tops the handicap this year.
"He's been running consistently in his last few starts and has won two of his last three, which means he has gone up in the weights," said Fry.
"He has got top weight. It's no easy task, but hopefully he'll be there or thereabouts. He's a bit higher than he was 12 months ago and if he ran into a place that would be grand."
Trainer Charlie Longsdon has recently appointed Irishman Johnny Burke as his stable jockey and the pair hope to get their association off to a flyer with Midnight Shot.
"He's been in good form, albeit in smaller fields, and it's a bigger test this weekend," Burke told At The Races.
"I had a sit on him last week when I was over. I schooled him and am very much looking forward to riding him.
"I'm looking to move the week after Galway and start on the 7th (of August). It will be a complete fresh start and hopefully I'll make a good fist of it."
Brian Ellison reports Viens Chercher to have come on leaps and bounds for his first run for five months when fourth to Earthmoves at the Lincolnshire venue four weeks ago.
"He's in good form. He's improved a lot for that run last time. He's in good fettle," said Ellison.
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