As well as some top quality National Hunt racing taking place at Aintree and Chepstow this weekend there has been some major stories breaking over the last seven days in the jumping division. We have picked out five important stories in our weekly jumps round up as we head into a busy few weeks of top quality action over the sticks.
Thinking Wins Old Roan Chase At Third Attempt
Wishfull Thinking may be heading into the twilight of his career, but the Philip Hobbs-trained 11-year-old produced a sensational display to win the Grade 2 Old Roan Chase at Aintree on Saturday afternoon. The veteran had tasted defeat in the 2m 4f contest in the last two years having finished second in 2012 and sixth last year, but the 14/1 shot trounced his rivals with an mightily-impressive 12-length romp in the Merseyside feature. Tanking along on the outside of rivals, Richard Johnston let the 11-times winner ease to the front between the last two fences and a spring-heeled jump at the final fence secured an emphatic victory.
McCoy Returns To The Saddle At Chepstow
AP McCoy returned to the saddle on Saturday afternoon at Chepstow, but the 19-times champion jockey was unable to return with a winner. He firstly had to pull up the well-backed Son Du Berlais in the Persian War Novices' Hurdle, who sadly lost his life having picked up an injury in the race won by Blaklion, whilst Regal Encore could only finish fourth on the same card. McCoy was returning after picking up a hefty fall at Wetherby in an untimely absence as he is bidding to ride 300 winners in what could be a landmark season for the 40-year-old.
Dynaste Set To Make Comeback In Betfair Chase
David Pipe elected to scratch Dynaste from Saturday's Old Roan Chase at Aintree and last season's emphatic Ryanair Chase will kick off his campaign in Haydock Park's Betfair Chase next month. The Pond House grey was sensational when winning at the Cheltenham Festival in March and Pipe will now step him back up in trip and he could potentially lock horns with Paul Nicholls's Silviniaco Conti and the Colin Tizzard-trained Cue Card, who will bid for back-to-back wins of the Grade One showpiece.
Bobs Worth May Make Seasonal Reappearance Over Hurdles
Nicky Henderson is scratching his head over Bobs Worth and where to start off the 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner. Opting to avoid the Betfair Chase, the Seven Barrows handler is looking to get a run into his classy performer before a tilt at the Lexus Chase over Christmas and he has indicated that he may target the nine-year-old at the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury. A winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup on the same card a few years ago, Henderson doesn't want to run him that race off a big weight, so may decide to send him over timber as he embarks on a quest to regain his Gold Cup crown in March.
Stellar Cast Entered For Morgiana Hurdle
Punchestown's Morgiana Hurdle on November 16 has attracted a sensational list of entries for the Grade One prize and Hurricane Fly, a winner of the race for the last two years, could make his first start of the season in the 2m renewal. However, Willie Mullins has also entered emphatic Neptune Novices' Hurdle winner Faugheen, with Champion Hurdle hero Jezki almost certain to take his place in the field for Jessica Harrington. Triumph Hurdle winner Tiger Roll is another star performer etched in the entry list as he aims to take on the big boys in what could be a mouth-watering contest.