Sky Bet Chase not definite target for upwardly mobile Glen Rocco

Eight-year-old is part-owned by Jeremy Kyle

  • Sunday 20 January
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Nick Gifford appears to be favouring a return to Kempton over the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster for his impressive handicap winner Glen Rocco.

The improving eight-year-old scored in emphatic style by 23 lengths from a useful field at the Sunbury track on Lanzarote Hurdle day.

That success on his first attempt at three miles under rules earned the novice both a 13lb hike in the ratings and mentions from some as a possible Grand National contender for his high-profile owners – who include television presenter Jeremy Kyle.

Findon trainer Gifford confirmed the target at Aintree this year is more likely to be the Topham Chase, over two miles, five and a half furlongs of the National course, and before then both Doncaster and Kempton enter the equation.

Gifford said: “He will be left in the Sky Bet Chase – but that doesn’t mean he is going to run.

“We definitely want to see some rain up there.”

Weather conditions will be key for Glen Rocco.

His trainer added: “We might just wait for what was the old Racing Post Chase at Kempton (in February).

“He would not want it too soft – and if it turned to a glue-pot we would look for something else for him.

“The Topham is his main aim.”

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