Ascot beckons for Albertas Run

Albertas Run is set to tackle the Ascot Chase on Saturday week as connections consider his Cheltenham options.

The nine-year-old won the RSA Chase in 2008 but has struggled to make his mark in the top rank since graduating to full company.

Albertas Run still scored a deserved success over two miles and three furlongs at Ascot last November and is set to head back to that venue.

Trainer Jonjo O’Neill confirmed: “He’s in good form, and will be going to Ascot for the two-mile-five-furlong chase.”

Albertas Run is entered in both the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, a race in which he finished ninth last year, and the shorter Ryanair Chase at next month’s Festival, but he would need the ground on his side if he were to tackle the main event.

O’Neill added: “We don’t about that (Gold Cup) at the moment – he’d have no business going there unless it was good ground.”

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