The two-day meeting at Chepstow is becoming an increasingly exciting starting point for the National Hunt season, offering plenty of excitement for jumps fans in early October. This weekend threw up plenty of great action and I’ve picked out my five highlights.
Silviniaco Conti and Zarkandar are to remain with Paul Nicholls, in what is a big boost for the yard after news broke that they were likely to head to the sales, following the decision by owner Jared Sullivan to leave the sport.
Leading jumps owner Jared Sullivan is leaving the sport, with his best horses put up for sale. This will include the Paul Nicholls-trained dual King George winner Silviniaco Conti, a seven-time winner at Grade 1 level, and the Nicky Henderson-owned Buveur D’Air who was third in last season’s Supreme Novices Hurdle, before going on to win the Grade 1 Novices’ hurdle at Aintree.
Trainer Noel Meade has confirmed that Road To Riches is set to run in the Galway Plate later this month, two years on from blitzing his rivals by 11 lengths in what would turn in to a fantastic season for the Gigginstown-owned chaser.