L’Ami heads Post hopefuls

FRANCOIS DOUMEN’S L’Ami heads the 23 confirmations for the Racing Post Chase at the five-day stage.

The French handler also has the option of sending over his Grand National possible Innox for the £100,000 contest at Sandown Park on Saturday.

L'Ami is set to carry top weight of 11st 10lb and could use the race as a prep for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Philip Hobbs, who has won four of the last eight renewals, has Lacdoudal and Made In Japan entered, while Nicky Henderson has Irish Hussar and Calling Brave.

Charlie Egerton has left in Graphic Approach, while Len Lungo may have a rare runner down south in the shape of Brooklyn Breeze.

Meanwhile, Peter Bowen is keeping his fingers crossed that further rain does not reach Newcastle ahead of Dunbrody Millar's crack at the totesport Eider Chase on Saturday.

The eight-year-old is one of 32 entries in the four-mile-one-furlong race at the five-day stage and will have Tom Malone aboard as he bids to follow up his Agfa Diamond Chase success.

Martin Pipe has made three entries in the Gosforth Park test Control Man, Iris Bleu and Korelo, with Paul Nicholls represented by Heros Collonges and Jonjo O'Neill having the option of running World Wide Web.

Silver Birch may run over hurdles at Chepstow on Saturday as he looks to get his John Smith's Grand National credentials back in focus.

Although Paul Nicholls can still offer no explanation as to why the nine-year-old had to be pulled up in the Country Gentlemen's Association Chase at Wincanton on Saturday, the Ditcheat handler reported the gelding to have come out of the race unscathed.

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