'I think there is a difference of opinion among his three owners but it would be very much against my advice if he ran in the Gold Cup,' the trainer said. 'A final decision will not be made until after he has run on Saturday,' she added. Mrs Reveley has taken the gelding out of Wetherby's Marston Moor Chase at the five-day stage and aimed him instead at a handicap hurdle on the same card.
Only seven horses are still entered for the Marston Moor, but much interest is likely to surround the reappearances of Gold Cup possibles Hawthorn Blaze, Martin Pipe's choice from five original entries, and Peter Cheesbrough's Blazing Walker.
The latter, now shouldered with top weight of 11st 10lbs, was limited to only two outings last season, including a third place in this race. 'He has been kept off the course by a few little problems but it is nothing serious and he is fit and well now,' Cheesbrough's assistant John Stephenson said.Reuse content