Twiston-Davies hoping to return at Open Meeting

Sam Twiston-Davies: rode out on Monday

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker ( Twiston-Davies aiming to return at Cheltenham By David Baxter 1:23PM 7 NOV 2016

PAUL NICHOLLS will have four runners in Saturday's BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham, though whether Sam Twiston-Davies will ride in the race is yet to be determined.

Twiston-Davies bruised his kidneys and spleen in a fall at Chepstow last month, and his recovery stepped up a notch on Monday when he rode out for boss Nicholls.


Speaking later on Monday, Twiston-Davies said: I'm all good. I'm in the gym every day and we'll know more by the end of the week.

"I schooled two horses this morning [Politologue and Saphir De Rheu] and it all worked smoothly, no pain."

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"It's up to the chief medical advisor Dr Jerry Hill and we'll present a case to him on Wednesday with a view to him looking at it on Thursday. If he likes the case hopefully we'll get clear of the red entry and I'll be riding at the Open meeting this Saturday/Sunday. If not it could be next week."

Cobden keeps Frodon ride

Were Twiston-Davies to get the green light for Saturday, Bouveruil looks his most likely ride for Nicholls in the BetVictor Gold Cup.

Harry Cobden has been confirmed for Frodon, with Sean Bowen on As De Mee and Nick Scholfield on Art Mauresque. A jockey has not been confirmed for Bouvreuil.

Frodon is the 4-1 favourite with the sponsors, and Harry Derham, assistant to Nicholls, is not concerned about a quick reappearance after the four-year-old's win at Wincanton last Saturday.

He said: "Frodon cantered this morning and is fine. I wouldn't be worried about the quick turnaround."

Second favourite on many lists at 8-1 is the former World Hurdle winner More Of That, whose trainer Jonjo O'Neill said on Monday he was "desperate" to run, but that his participation on Saturday would be ground dependent.

A field of 22 remain entered for the Grade 3 handicap chase, with Garde La Victoire and Bristol De Mai the most notable omissions. Caid Du Berlais and Empire Of Dirt, winners of similar big handicap chases at Cheltenham, were also scratched.

Philip Hobbs hinted he would look to step Garde La Victoire up in trip following his narrow defeat in last week's Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter, but he will not be running at Cheltenham this weekend, having also been removed from the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle on Sunday.

Kerry Lee's Top Gamble heads the weights for the Gold Cup on 11st 12lb, with last year's winner Annacotty and More Of That also still engaged.

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