Racing: Options open for Simply Dashing

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Connections of Simply Dashing are still to decide which of his two engagements the six-year-old will take up tomorrow.

Simply Dashing is entered in the Tripleprint Gold Cup at Cheltenham and Haydock's Tommy Whittle Chase.

Trainer Tim Easterby said: "Simply Dashing is in good form, absolutely great form. But we don't know which race he'll go for yet. We'll just have to wait and see how much rain they've had."

If the son of Simply Great goes to Haydock he will be racing over three miles for the first time, but this does not worry the Habton trainer. Easterby said: "He'll get three miles all right," he stated.

Simply Dashing is 4-1 with Coral for the King George VI Chase at Kempton. However, a decision on his participation on Boxing Day will not be made until after he has raced at the weekend.

Andrew Thornton will ride the 1996 Grand National winner Rough Quest in the Tommy Whittle Chase.