Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In Brief

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In Brief

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NOVICE chasers have won four of the last 14 Scottish Nationals and it looks likely that they will mount a strong challenge again this Saturday.

Halcon Generlardais, Darkness and Idle Talk are all fancied runners for the race at Ayr as they attempt to emulate previous novice winners Paris Pike, Earth Summit, Captain Dibble and Joes Edge.

Alan King, trainer of Halcon Generlardais, is hoping for a bit of give in the ground for his unbeaten chaser. He said: "He is a definite runner as long as the ground stays on the easy side.

"We gave him a month off after his win at Exeter and he has come back in very good form."

Blue Square betting: 9 All In The Stars, 10 Halcon Generlardais, Ossmoses, 12 Darkness, Idle Talk, Ladalko, Nil Desperandum, 14 others.

TOM TAAFFE has issued an upbeat bulletin on sidelined 2005 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Kicking King.

The eight-year-old was denied the opportunity of defending his crown in this year's blue riband after suffering a tendon injury when winning the King George at Sandown on Boxing Day. …

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