Waiting Patiently for a repeat success at Ascot
Waiting Patiently can secure back-to-back victories in the Betfair Ascot Chase, the Grade One highlight of a bumper nine-race card in Berkshire.
Ruth Jefferson's charge repelled the challenge of the admirable Cue Card in this two-mile-five-furlong affair last year, claiming his breakthrough win at the highest level in fine style.
However, the eight-year-old did not run again last term after suffering a setback - and his long-awaited return in the King George hardly went to plan as he was taken out by Bristol De Mai before the race began in earnest.
Given Waiting Patiently's only defeat over fences was that luckless run at Kempton, it is far too early to lose faith.
Paul Nicholls can be the beneficiary of the rescheduled races from last Saturday's Newbury card, with Getaway Trump and Clan Des Obeaux taken to notch a double for the Ditcheat team.
Getaway Trump's class can triumph in the Betfair Hurdle - a race in which novices have enjoyed success, with Kalashnikov proving a notable victor from that division only last year.
Getaway Trump certainly brings some decent form to the table, having found only the well-touted Champ too good in the Grade One Challow Hurdle at Newbury last time out.
Impulsive Star broke his maiden over fences last month and can keep up the good work in the William Hill Grand National Trial Handicap Chase at Haydock.
Ulsterman Neil Mulholland's charge was winless in five chase outings, although that bare statistic hardly did him justice because he had run some excellent races in defeat, most notably when fourth in the National Hunt Chase at last year's Festival. He finally stepped up to the mark in the Classic Chase at Warwick, taking advantage of bottom weight to win.
Kateson's form ties in with Getaway Trump, and he is the pick in the Albert Bartlett Prestige Novices' Hurdle - while Shades Of Midnight gets the vote in the William Hill Rendlesham Hurdle, having chased home Paisley Park earlier in the season.
Chop Chop made great strides from her first to second outings, and she can take another leap by winning the Ladbrokes Novice Stakes at Lingfield.
Well beaten on her first attempt, she showed much more promise when finishing third to the well-regarded Global Spectrum, who is on course for a big day in Qatar later this month.
The step up to a mile will suit.
ASCOT: 12.30 Russian Hawk, 1.00 Cloudy Glen, 1.35 Top Ville Ben, 2.10 Calipto, 2.45 Clan Des Obeaux, 3.20 GETAWAY TRUMP (NAP), 3.55 Waiting Patiently, 4.30 Modern Warfare, 5.00 Subway Surf.
GOWRAN: 1.20 Future Proof, 1.50 Farclas, 2.30 Monalee, 3.05 Buckie Cullen, 3.40 C'est Jersey, 4.15 Crazyheart, 4.50 Daylight Katie.
HAYDOCK: 12.50 Torpillo, 1.25 Laskadine, 1.55 Shades Of Midnight, 2.25 Manwell, 2.55 Sykes, 3.35 Impulsive Star, 4.10 Kateson, 4.45 Pacha Du Polder.
KEMPTON: 4.40 Fury And Fire, 5.15 Purely Prosecco, 5.45 Arctic Chief, 6.15 Choice Encounter, 6.45 Treasure Me, 7.15 Grey Britain, 7.45 Caspar The Cub, 8.15 Kraka.
LINGFIELD: 1.30 Soaring Spirits, 2.05 Chop Chop, 2.40 Desert Doctor, 3.15 Spring Romance, 3.50 Nonios, 4.25 Miss Green Dream.
WINCANTON: 1.10 Katpoli, 1.45 Bigmartre, 2.20 Atlanta Ablaze, 3.00 Vision Des Flos, 3.30 Sandhurst Lad, 4.05 Like The Sound, 4.35 The Eaglehaslanded, 5.10 Soulsaver.
DOUBLE: Getaway Trump and Waiting Patiently