Argocat On Course For Jewson

Wed 9th Jan 2013, 14:52

Argocat (nearest)
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Argocat has emerged as a fascinating contender for the Jewson Novices' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

The Tom Taaffe-trained five-year-old has made a most accomplished start over fences this season, culminating in an eight-length victory in a Grade Two on heavy ground at Limerick on Boxing Day.

"He put up a very good performance in Limerick and did what I expected of him," said County Kildare-based Taaffe.

"His jumping has been very good thus far and when he's doing everything the right way like that, you just hope he can keep on doing it.

"The obvious race is the Jewson - that's what he's been aimed at all along - but he'll also have entries in two other races so we can see where we are with the ground and so on.

"I've always said I think he'll be a better horse on better ground."

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The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.

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