Trainer Richard Fahey is hoping Kimberella can deal with “unfinished business” when he lines up for the Betfred TV Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle on Saturday.
The popular veteran suffered trouble in running when beaten a head and a neck in third place in this six-furlong Group Three heat 12 months ago.
At the age of eight, Kimberella is the oldest horse taking part this year, but he continues to retain his form – as he showed when just going down by a nose to Sir Dancealot over this trip at Hamilton, when he tried to make all the running.
“He’s in good form. He ran in it last year and was a bit unlucky,” said Fahey.
“There’s some unfinished business, but it’s a very competitive race and a very open race. At least he handles the track.”
Yafta steps into Pattern-race company for the first time after showing a good level of form in handicaps.
Trainer Richard Hannon is giving the Dark Angel colt the chance in a higher grade after he failed by just a head to give 21lb to Maksab at Newmarket on his latest start.
“It is a big step up for him, but he is going the right way,” said Hannon.
“I think he wants seven furlongs, but six furlongs at Newcastle should suit him.
“I thought he was going to win last time, but he could not quite get past the winner in the last 50 yards. However, he was giving him plenty of weight.”
Hugo Palmer feels Never Back Down can back up the good performance he showed when springing a 25-1 surprise in the Listed Carnarvon Stakes at Newbury six weeks ago.
It was the son of Kodiac’s return following a gelding operation and he was wearing blinkers for the first time. The headgear is retained as he takes another step up in grade.
“I’m very happy with him. He’s less to find to win the Chipchase than he had to win the Carnarvon,” said the Newmarket trainer.
“He’s been in good form at home and it’s fingers crossed.”