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David Pipe’s Dynaste currently heads the betting at 5/1 for Saturday’s feature race at Prestbury Park but Boylesports can report that the Martin Keighley-trained Champion Court has been subject to support and is now 8/1 from 10/1, with a competitive 28 runner affair looking mouthwatering.

Johns Spirit is currently second favourite for the race at 6/1 whilst the John Hanlon-trained and Irish raider, Hidden Cyclone, is available at 10/1.

Liam Glynn, PR Executive at Boylesports said “We have had to cut Champion Court into 8/1 after a surge of support on Mondayevening for the Aintree Silver Trophy Chase winner.”

He added “Dynaste is steady in the betting at 5/1 whilst there has been some good each-way support around for the Nicky Henderson-trained Rajdhani Express, who is now 10/1 from 12/1.”

While Rajdhani Express, a 10/1 chance on Saturday, has never been talked of in the same terms by Waley-Cohen or Nicky Henderson, he progressed at a rate of knots in the second half of last season and holds a great chance at the weekend.

"It's always exciting when these second-season novices get to test their mettle against their elders," said Waley-Cohen.

"You never quite know how they are going to fare, you don't know how good the novices were the year before. All we know about him is that he doesn't like it very heavy, and it doesn't look like it will be."

"The ground looks like it is going to be perfect so we must congratulate Simon Claisse (clerk of the course) for that. Dynaste is obviously the one to beat but whether he will run or not, we don't know yet."

Trainer Martin Keighley is in confident mood as he prepares Champion Court; fourth in the King George last season, the eight-year-old fared even better when winning over the same course and distance of this weekend's highlight in April.

"I've been really pleased with his preparation," the Gloucestershire handler told At The Races.

"He had a nice racecourse gallop around Wincanton and I couldn't be happier with him. This race has always been the plan, it looks ideal. From the end of last season, we put him away for this as he runs well fresh."

"He's got everything in his favour and looking at the forecast it will be lovely, good ground."

 

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