Ascot assignment for Monet’s Garden

MONET’S Garden features among a 15-strong entry for the Commercial First Ascot Chase at the Berkshire venue on Saturday.

The Nicky Richards-trained grey has had this race as his objective since finishing a disappointing sixth in the King George VI Chase on St Stephen’s Day.

Irish interests focus on Central House, Fota Island, Hi Cloy and the progressive Mansony, who has also been handed engagements at Gowran Park.

Thisthatandtother could line up for champion trainer Paul Nicholls, who could also be represented in the Grade One showpiece by course and distance scorer Cerium.

David Pipe can choose from Tamarinbleu and Vodka Bleu, while Mark Rimell may run Oneway and Noel Chance has entered the useful River City.

The powerful Howard Johnson and Graham Wylie team could be out in force in the two-mile-three-furlong test, with both Bewleys Berry and Percussionist handed entries.

Course and distance winner Jericho III and Supreme Prince complete the weekend possibles.

Meanwhile, Tom George could saddle two potential improvers in Good Citizen and What A Scientist at Haydock on Saturday.

The first-named is being considered for the £20,000 Gordon Plant Memorial Trophy Novices’ Handicap Chase over two and a half miles.

Having won at Sedgefield in December, the seven-year-old went on to fall at Haydock later that month and then took another spill at Cheltenham last time.

George said: “Good Citizen will school again on Wednesday. It was an unlucky fall at Cheltenham as he jumped beautifully the whole way round.”

What A Scientist could take his chance in the £30,000 Brit Insurance Prestige Novices’ Hurdle after getting off the mark at Towcester in January.

“He would need to improve to be competitive in this calibre of race but he’ll stay the trip and handle the conditions,” said George.

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