Sam Spinner is set to put his unbeaten record over fences on the line in Saturday’s Bet365 December Novices’ Chase at Doncaster.
A winner at the top level over hurdles, Jedd O’Keeffe’s stable star has made an excellent start to his chasing career with two victories at Wetherby.
The seven-year-old, whose long-term target is the RSA Chase at Cheltenham, heads nine entries for the Grade Two heat over three miles on Town Moor.
“The plan is to race. He’s got a final bit of work to do and one more schooling session and assuming that goes all right and the ground remains as it is, then we’ll be running,” O’Keeffe told Sky Sports Racing.
“I think the track will suit him well. There has been a slight concern in the media about him jumping to the right at Wetherby last time. It’s not something that bothers us. I’d be surprised if it was an issue at Doncaster.
“We could have been a bit more conservative and gone for a novice chase up north with a double penalty, but we felt if he was going to be good enough for the bigger prizes later in the season, it was time now to have a go and to take on some stiffer opposition.
“I think the competition will be stiffer on Saturday. There are some nice horses entered, but I feel he deserves his place and I’m hoping he wins.”
Windsor Avenue has also won both his starts over fences for Brian Ellison while Stoney Mountain could make his chasing debut on the back of winning a valuable staying handicap hurdle at Haydock.
Nicky Henderson has an interesting possible runner in Diablo De Rouhet, who has been mixing it successfully over hurdles and fences.
The list is completed by Aaron Lad, Aye Right, Imperial Aura, Solomon Grey and Who’s My Jockey.