Ollie heading for Wetherby repeat

Ollie Magern will bid to land his second bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday.

Ollie Magern will bid to land his second bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday.

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained nine-year-old also holds an entry in Ascot’s United House Gold Cup but will head instead to one of his favourite haunts.

Ollie Magern is two from two at the track, having scored in Grade Two company as a novice and then at the same level when outpointing Kingscliff in the Charlie Hall of 2005.

Twiston-Davies said: “He’s definitely going to Wetherby on Saturday.

“He had his usual rheumatics and aches and pains last term and his form tailed off a little bit, but he’s really back in good form now and I think the vets have all that stabilised.”

Ollie Magern has failed to hit the target since winning the £90,000 Wetherby feature, but Twiston-Davies is in positive mood ahead of his repeat bid.

“Everything’s gone very well and he’s in great form,” the Naunton handler added.

“His first run of the season is always his best and he’s very well-in at the weights with most of the horses in that race, so I’m very confident.”

Ollie Magern is available at 13-2 with sponsors bet365, behind only State Of Play and Aces Four who trade at 7-2 and 4-1 respectively.

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