JAMES Moffatt is hoping a “punt” on Simply A Par will yield rewards because the 11-year-old prepares for his first run underneath the Cartmel coach on this Saturday’s Becher Chase at Aintree.

The 2015 Wager365 Gold Cup Chase winner has been at Pit Farm Stables since August after being acquired within the gross sales, having not been seen since ending 11th in final yr’s renewal of the Grade Three race at Sandown.

Since then, Simply A Par has been spending a lot of the time recuperating earlier than being put into the gross sales, with Moffatt eyeing a tilt on the Becher for the previous Paul Nicholls-trained horse since he got here to South Cumbria.

“He’s had a very long time off and hasn’t run because the Wager365 Chase at Sandown, the place he gave himself a little bit of a knock,” stated Moffatt.

“He then had 12 months off at Cheveley Park Stud’s conditioning yard down south after which went to the gross sales.

“Di Turner, who runs that yard, I do know her fairly properly and that could be a five-star resort for horses, and after speaking together with her at size we felt he was value a punt at what was solely £11,000.

“Mark Scott, the proprietor, is an area man to Aintree, he would dearly like to have a runner over the Nationwide fences, so we begin there with a horse who has raised [a rating of] 146.”

Simply A Par is considered one of two entries Moffatt holds for the Becher, with former winner Highland Lodge lining up for his fifth crack on the 3m 1f Grade Three chase over the Grand Nationwide fences.

The bookies won’t be giving both of them a lot of an opportunity within the early betting – Highland Lodge is round 16/1 and Simply A Par 33/1 – however Moffatt is enthused by what he has seen from the latest arrival.

“He’s had a very long time off, however his preparation has been precise as a result of we had him in August and it’s been precisely the identical as Highland Lodge,” stated Moffatt.

“He’s run in two Grand Nationals, he goes on gentle floor, he’s very a lot an unknown amount and whether or not he’ll transfer ahead from the race close to his wellbeing I don’t know.

“However he’s been working aspect to aspect with Highland and we’re very happy with him.

“It’s pretty for a small yard out in the midst of nowhere to have two runners in one of many largest races of the season.”



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