Ascot plan for Waiting Patiently

2018-01-14 09:27:00, Views: 1, ClubCall

Ascot plan for Waiting Patiently

Waiting Patiently is set to feature in the Betfair Ascot Chase on February 17 following his win in the 32Red Casino Chase at Kempton.

The Malcolm Jefferson-trained seven-year-old went into the race on Saturday looking to follow up his victory at Carlisle in November and duly maintained his perfect record over fences with success by eight lengths ahead of Art Mauresque.

Looking further ahead and both the Champion Chase and the Ryanair Chase are being considered at the Cheltenham Festival in March, but Jefferson's daughter, Ruth, confirmed that a Grade One outing at Ascot is likely to be the next port of call for Waiting Patiently.

She said: "There's not a lot of races about for him and we will have to look at the next step up and if the ground is good to soft or soft we will give it a go (Grade One Betfair Ascot Chase, February 17).

"Smad Place and God's Own are getting on a little bit, but they do set a nice standard. He has done really well on soft ground and he has looked really well on soft/heavy ground. He has had to run on something a bit quicker today and prove he was as good.

"I like the way he quickened between the second-last and the last and galloped to the line. I was really pleased with that and his jumping.

"He is quite a heavy horse. He is not very big, but stocky and we would want to make sure it is genuine good to soft or worse before we risk him.

"The weather Gods are out of my control so we will keep him in at Cheltenham, as it can be good ground and rain. We will keep him in it until the last minute. We will put him in the Champion Chase and the Ryanair."