Knight hoping for Theatre performance

HENRIETTA KNIGHT’S best chance of being part of Kempton Park’s Stephen’s Day celebrations looks to rest with Minella Theatre in the Feltham Novices’ Chase.

Racing Demon has fairly remote hopes of claiming a third King George for West Lockinge Farm, but Knight has won the Feltham before, back in 2001 with Maximise, and again teams up with Tony McCoy, the successful jockey that day.

Minella Theatre had plenty of efforts to learn his trade over hurdles last season and made a winning debut over fences at Hereford.

He then showed plenty of promise at a foggy Cheltenham this month, a mistake at the second-last meaning he had to settle for fourth behind the smart Weird Al.

“I think he will be suited by stepping up to three miles again, although it’s going to be a hot race and he could be a bit out of his depth,” said Knight.

“He wants a distance and seems well. It is quite soon after his run at Cheltenham but with the weather and so on, you have got to take a chance at a big race when you can.”

Keith Reveley sent out Ungaro to land this prize in 2006 and now tries with Tazbar, who made a successful debut over fences when impressing at Musselburgh five weeks ago.

“We’ve been hit by the weather, but we’ve kept him cantering on the snow every day,” said the trainer. “He’s in good order and I just hope we get some racing and we can have a go.


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