Livescore Racing News: Nicholls hoping to land Doncaster double
Trainer Paul Nicholls will be a busy man on Saturday as he splits his attention between Doncaster, Newbury and Newcastle.
The Ditcheat handler has enjoyed a solid run of form of late and he was celebrating Bravemansgame's run at Haydock last week as the six-year-old won the Betfair Graduation Chase.
With his stable in form, Nicholls will split his team across three cards on Saturday and he has the opportunity to land a quick-fire double in South Yorkshire.
VirginBet will sponsor the entire card on Saturday afternoon, with seven races on the agenda at the Town Moor course.
Ecco is one of two runners for Nicholls at Doncaster, with the six-year-old set to contest the Virginbet.com Handicap Hurdle at 2.18pm.
He was last seen at Ascot in March, but Nicholls feels he has his charge in tip-top shape as he prepares to take on the likes of Courtandbold, Herbiers and Ask Paddington.
Writing on his Betfair blog, Nicholls said: "He had an entry at Newbury, but this race looks the better option because he likes nice ground and has winning form at Doncaster, a big galloping track that plays to his strengths.
"Although he is a big gross horse, I've done as much as I can with him and he is in very good form, fit, well and fresh."
Like Nicholls, owner Colm Donlon will be hoping to land the double, with Flic Ou Voyou set to run in the finale at 3.28pm.
Just two runners will contest the Virgin Bet Novices' Limited Handicap Chase, with Jacamar the only opponent for Donlon's other runner.
The ground is supposed to be good, good to soft in places for Saturday's card at Doncaster and Nicholls feels the conditions will be perfect for his charge.
He added: "The ground at Doncaster looks ideal for Flic Ou Voyou, who will be much happier stepping up three furlongs because they went a bit quick for him over the minimum trip at Uttoxeter last time. He's a sound jumper and I'm hoping cheekpieces might sharpen him up a bit."
Nicholls will also be represented at Newcastle for the Grade One Fighting Fifth Hurdle and he has entered Monmiral in the showpiece in the north east.
Nicky Henderson's Epatante appears his main rival, while Sceau Royal, Silver Streak, Not So Sleepy and Voix Du Reve complete the field.
At Newbury, Enrilo will run in the Ladbrokes Trophy for the Ditcheat team in what looks like a competitive battle, with the likes of Eklat De Rire, Ontheropes, Fiddlerontheroof and Cloth Cap all due to run.