Oscar teed up for Bumper raid
Anthony Honeyball is predicting a bold show from Oscarteea in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper.
Last Updated: 05/03/14 12:14pm
Regal Encore was beaten seven lengths by Briar Hill in the Cheltenham Festival Grade One last term after notching a Chepstow win and Oscarteea arrives with a similar profile.
He won the same Chepstow bumper back in October but subsequently disappointed when only fifth in a Listed bumper at Ascot in December.
However, Honeyball's team have suffered with a virus this term and Oscarteea was far too keen in the hands of Aidan Coleman that day.
The Dorset trainer told At The Races: "He's a definite runner.
"If you look at his last run, he ran with the choke out for three-quarters of the race and Aidan gave him a breather turning in and he stayed on to finish fifth. He should have been near as damn it winning that race.
"That would be a worry as mentally he didn't cope with that race, but we've done a racecourse gallop since and Aidan's worked him and hopefully he puts it together.
"If he does his job properly and gives himself a chance, then he's a very good horse. He would have a decent chance."