Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Elvis Could Be the King Again

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Elvis Could Be the King Again

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Byline: By Doug Moscrop

Elvis Returns at Wetherby today with every chance of taking centre stage in the Handicap Chase.

The eight-year-old, trained by Malcolm Jefferson, is a much-improved performer this season after belatedly opening his account at the 11th time of asking at Uttoxeter in May. He followed up at Stratford 12 days later and then had a break of five and a half months.

He obviously needed the outing when well behind Twelve Paces at Carlisle on his reappearance and then travelled well for a long way in a four-mile contest at Hexham won by Naunton Brook.

Weakening from the second last, it could be that he didn't stay the marathon trip but it's more likely that he still wasn't fully tuned up. He should be spot on for this and, though Silver Knight and Jungle Jinks have shown their best form around here and command respect, this looks another hit for the Malton chaser.

Royal Rosa created a favourable impression on his chasing debut at Carlisle after being absent from the track since February, 2005. He made most of the running until being collared by According To John at the last fence and kept on at the same pace to finish three lengths adrift of the winner.

Connections were relieved that he came out of the race safe and sound and is so highly regarded by Howard Johnson that he looks the obvious choice for the One Man Novices' Chase.

Although only three take him on the others are worthy contenders with the exception of Roobihoo,. L'Antartique was narrowly outpointed by Heez A Dreamer at Uttoxeter nine days ago when the perseverence and strength of Tony McCoy probably won the day.

Livingonaknifedge made an encouraging chasing debut at Cheltenham in October against Backstage, especially when his stable was struggling at the time. He was a fair novice hurdler last term and will be suited by this extra half mile. …

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