Ustedes team weigh up options

Voy Por Ustedes could bypass the totepool Game Spirit Chase at Newbury on Saturday in favour of the Betfair Ascot Chase a week later.

Voy Por Ustedes could bypass the totepool Game Spirit Chase at Newbury on Saturday in favour of the Betfair Ascot Chase a week later.

Connections are not keen to subject the 2007 Queen Mother Champion Chase winner to testing conditions with the Cheltenham Festival just five weeks away.

They would also like to avoid a clash with the 2008 victor Master Minded, who beat Voy Por Ustedes in the Game Spirit 12 months ago.

Alan King’s charge had no luck at Newbury a year earlier when he unseated Robert Thornton, leaving Well Chief to collect the valuable prize.

“Our view is that the ground is going to be pretty testing at Newbury on Saturday. Whether we go there or not I’m not sure and no firm decision has been made,” said Barry Simpson, racing manager to owner Robert Ogden.

“I suppose it might depend on Master Minded. If he doesn’t run we might be tempted to. If he did run we’ll probably go the following week to Ascot.

“And ground conditions are a factor. Nobody wants to give a horse a hard race at this stage of the season

“Cheltenham is about five weeks away and whether he runs this weekend or next week it fits into our plans.”

However, Ogden is set to have his colours carried at Newbury by The Market Man in the toteswinger Novices’ Chase.

The nine-year-old, trained by Nicky Henderson, will put his claims for the RSA Chase at Cheltenham on the line. He looked good when getting off the mark over fences at the Berkshire track in November but disappointed when fourth to Breedsbreeze in the Feltham Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.

“He goes there, weather permitting,” Simpson went on

“He disappointed us at Kempton. He made a bad mistake which is unusual for him. All sorts of theories were put forward, like mud getting in his eye and things like that.

“We’ve got to run him to find out if he is a horse that is going to do well at Cheltenham.”

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