Hey Big Spender is ready to make his seasonal reappearance in Wetherby's Rowland Meyrick Chase
Smart staying chaser Hey Big Spender is ready to make his seasonal reappearance in the Rowland Meyrick Chase.
Last Updated: 13/12/12 11:58am
Colin Tizzard's nine-year-old was last seen shouldering top-weight to victory in the Grade Three Classic Chase at Warwick in January when conceding upwards of 13lb to his 12 rivals.
He also captured the Listed Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle under a welter burden in November 2011, but a possible tilt at the Cheltenham Festival had to be missed when the horse picked up an injury.
Tizzard said: "He did some fast work yesterday morning and Wetherby should be his first race. He picked up a small injury in February and he came back in a bit later than the others.
"He was getting better and better last season and his win at Warwick was probably a career-best performance."
Another likely participant in the race is Middleham Park Racing's Junior. The versatile nine-year-old, trained by David Pipe, has annexed notable prizes in both spheres and stayed on strongly to win the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle earlier this month.
The prestigious Grade Three contest, run over three miles and a furlong, was first staged in 1957 and boasts an excellent roll of honour with subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup winners Forgive' N Forget (1984) and The Thinker (1986) among the winners. Local handler Malcolm Jefferson captured last year's renewal with 33/1 chance According To Pete.