Heavy Metal

Chris Pea Green reveals his true colours to enter Triumph picture

It would be gratifying if the bookmakers were made to regret a rather snooty response to what looked a perfectly legitimate trial for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Huntingdon. For they would certainly have shown greater respect had any among his victims, hailing from more fashionable yards, happened to win the 32Red Chatteris Fen Hurdle in the same style as Chris Pea Green. As it was, they appear to have decided that he was merely exploiting a collective failure to run to form, and still offer 33-1 for Cheltenham next month.

Fehily to ride Aintree regular State Of Play

Having gained overdue reward in the Champion Hurdle last month, one of the most respected veterans on the circuit has now been given the chance to complete his fulfilment in the John Smith's Grand National itself. If Noel Fehily happens to win on State Of Play at Aintree on Saturday week, however, it would be no less a triumph of patience for the owners and trainer of his mount.