Racing: The Toiseach heads for Yorkshire Chase

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THE TOISEACH will try to recoup Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup losses in the Great Yorkshire Chase at Doncaster on Saturday, for which 31 entries were confirmed yesterday. Sent off a well-backed 5-1 shot at Newbury, James Fanshawe's seven-year-old was pulled up approaching the last after weakening from four out, but is said to be in good form now.

Martin Todhunter has three entries in Colonel In Chief, Chipped Out (who has a 6lb penalty for an Ayr victory) and Maitre De Musique. He said: "Maitre De Musique is the most likely runner - if he gets in. He ran well there last time [beaten a neck by Nosam]. Colonel In Chief runs on Friday and Chipped Out is also entered at Ayr on Saturday so I'll wait and see what both races look like before deciding. But I wouldn't mind having a go with Chipped Out."

Some Great Yorkshire entries are also in the Ladbroke Trophy Chase at Cheltenham.

Tiutchev has shortened as favourite for the Tote Gold Trophy following his six-length victory in the Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle at Kempton, while Istabraq, a facile winner at Leopardstown on Sunday, looks sure to start the hottest favourite for the Champion Hurdle since Comedy Of Errors was beaten at 4-6 by Lanzarote in 1974.

LADBROKE TROPHY HANDICAP CHASE (Cheltenham, Saturday) Ladbrokes: 9-2 Even Flow, Papillon, 5-1 Cyfor Malta (with a run), 11-2 Jathib, 6-1 Monnaie Forte, Mr Strong Gale, 7-1 Dr Leunt, 10-1 others.