Rehearsal Handicap Chase: L’Homme Presse takes first step on road to Gold Cup at Cheltenham with Newcastle run | Racing News


Cheltenham Festival winner L’Homme Presse steps into open company for the first time when he reappears in the Betfair Exchange Rehearsal Handicap Chase at Newcastle om Saturday, live on Sky Sports Racing at 3.25pm.

Venetia Williams’ seven-year-old, 10/1 for the Gold Cup at Cheltenham in March, was due to return at Ascot last Saturday, but drying ground saw him withdrawn on the day and rerouted to Gosforth Park where he will be tasked with carrying top-weight in what is typically a fiercely-competitive handicap.

The forward-going, super-slick jumper was ultra-progressive last season racking up five straight fences victories, which included triumphs in the Dipper at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day and the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown, before stepping up to three miles with aplomb to land the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase at the Festival.

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