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Definitly Red: in terrific form

Definitly Red is on target to make his intended seasonal reappearance in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday, November 4th, 2017.

The eight-year-old travelled away for a racecourse gallop last week and has come out of that really well. He’s in terrific form and Brian is delighted with him.

Definitly Red won the Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wetherby on Boxing Day under Henry Brooke last year. Henry was unlucky to get unseated in Red’s following race, the Peter Marsh at Haydock, when he was badly hampered, in January. With Grand National speculation having already begun prior to Phil Martin’s gelding lining up in the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster in March, Danny Cook was booked to ride, with the view if he DID run in the National, Danny would ride him in that too. He annihilated the field in the Grimthorpe, cantering home by 14 lengths. The Grand National was now on!

But, as with the famous steeplechase every year, there were a number of hard luck stories and we were one. Badly hampered at Becher’s Brook on the first circuit, Danny’s saddle slipped right round and he did a great job to get him pulled up. He was massively well in at the weights last year too, that would not be the case this time around.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup has been mentioned as a possible target for Definitly Red this season and depending how he runs on his seasonal debut, plans will start to be formed including whether the Gold Cup is a realistic option.

Talking to Tom Richmond of the Yorkshire Post this week, Brian said: “Definitly Red has done fantastically well over the summer. He will go to Wetherby for the Charlie Hall. He is in great form.”

“That was the Grand National for you. You have got to keep out of trouble. You need a lot of luck. He jumped those fences well enough and Danny followed a horse that he thought jumped well. Just bad luck.

“He is rated 159 and I don’t think he would have to improve too much to be a Gold Cup horse. But we will learn a bit more as to where we are after Wetherby.

“Gold Cup horses are very hard to get and it would be nice if we had one here.”