Harry Whittington: described the Nationwide Hunt Chase as a “fabulous race”

Alice Whittington

Instructor Harry Whittington has introduced a passionate defence of the Nationwide Hunt Chase and its position on the Cheltenham Competition.

The Nationwide Hunt Chase has been closely scrutinised after ultimate week’s marathon contest, received by way of Le Breuil, produced best 4 finishers from a box of 18.

Instructor Anthony Honeyball on Wednesday puzzled the lifestyles of the four-mile novice riders’ race for newbie chasers, whilst Declan Lavery, who completed 3rd on Jerrysback, on Thursday succeeded in overturning a ten-day ban for “proceeding to experience when it gave the look to be opposite to the pony’s welfare”. 

Whittington, writing in his Betdaq weblog, stated: “The Nationwide Hunt Chase is a wonderful race which has been part of the Cheltenham Competition for a few years.

“In my eyes, it does not spoil any welfare laws and it might be insanity to believe taking out it. That is Nationwide Hunt racing, there may be at all times a component of chance.

“My concern is if we do away with the Nationwide Hunt Chase, it would result in different races being got rid of, which can be very destructive to the game.”

The occasions surrounding the race will shape a part of the yearly evaluate of the pageant, even though no-one attached to the BHA has indicated it’s been earmarked for the scrapheap.


Saint Calvados set for wind op

Clear of the debate surrounding the Nationwide Hunt Chase bans – there have been 3 at the start, amounting to a complete of 37 days – and the BHA’s dealing with of welfare issues typically, Whittington had information of his two pageant runners.

Saint Calvados completed 7th to Altior within the Champion Chase, whilst Bigmartre got here house in midfield within the Plate day after today.

Whittington stated of Saint Calvados: “Gavin [Sheehan] reported he made a bit noise coming down the again and he is lovely satisfied that is the reason he hasn’t been completing off his races. I am adamant that is the reason too and assessments have showed it, so he is booked in to have it mounted and I’m assured that may make things better out.”

Bigmartre and Saint Calvados at the spherical gallop at Harry Whittington’s backyard

Alice Whittington

Bigmartre may subsequent be noticed within the Randox Well being Topham Trophy over the Aintree Grand Nationwide direction. 

“The handicapper has dropped him a few kilos to 142, which seems smartly inside of his functions, so I suppose it’s simply as much as whether or not he’ll maintain the Nationwide fences,” stated Whittington. 

“He’s an excessively succesful jumper and in line with what he’s proven us up to now, I believe he’ll love them.”

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