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Saturday 26 January 2013

Katenko to find his Spring target

CHELTENHAM will stage its Festival Trials day meeting this afternoon, with overnight rain easing the ground to heavy, soft in places.

Venetia Williams believes Katenko could develop into a contender for both the John Smith's Grand National and Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The seven-year-old went onto every punters hot list when winning a staying handicap chase at Sandown in good style earlier this month.
Venetia says "He was bought as a horse we could have some fun with. I persuaded Andrew (Brooks, owner) this could be a good horse for him to have as his rating was such that he could just get in the Grand National and now that is a very serious option. The handicap rating he's got at the moment (147) doesn't suggest he's an obvious Gold Cup contender, but if he goes and wins his next race, whatever that might be, that could bring him into the 150s or early 160s. A few years ago we ran Mon Mome in the Gold Cup. He finished third and the prize for that was £50,000 and there is no reason to think Katenko couldn't come into that bracket."
He's 9/2 fav for the Murphy Group Chase at 1.15pm and that looks a good bet.