High hopes for Zaynar bid

James Reveley is hoping Zaynar’s class and course expertise will be key factors in the BetVictor.com Handicap Chase at Ascot on Saturday.

James Reveley is hoping Zaynar’s class and course expertise will be key factors in the BetVictor.com Handicap Chase at Ascot on Saturday.

The seven-year-old, trained by Nick Williams, made all the running to win a Grade Two novice event over fences at the Berkshire track a month ago but faces a different task this time.

It will be a first time in handicap company for Zaynar, whose part-owner bookmaker Victor Chandler is the race sponsor.

“I was really impressed with him at Ascot. He jumped for fun. He loves the track and it’s probably his favourite. He won over hurdles there as well as over fences,” the jockey told At The Races.

“He’s a proven top novice chaser. Obviously it’s different in handicap company first time over fences.

“He got an easy lead in his novice race but in such a competitive handicap, he might not get such an easy lead.

“They might put it to him but hopefully he has the class and that will stand him in good stead and he’ll jump like he did the other day.

“Hopefully he’ll be in the same form as he was when he won the other day.”

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