The David Pipe-trained Well Chief is a possible starter in this years Queen Mother, he finished runner-up to Moscow Flyer in the 2005 Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase and fell when sent off favourite for the 2007 race. He has been off the course since April, 2007, but Pipe reports that the 10-year-old could make his seasonal appearance at The Festival.
Weve given Well Chief an entry in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase and hes cantering at the moment. The Festival is a long way off for him but hes in good form and, touch wood, his legs seem fine, said Pipe. Its an early closing race and we wont know how good his legs are until he does some quicker work. I doubt there would be time to get a run into him prior to the Cheltenham Festival and this year it will be his final chance to line up in the race.
Pipe has five entries in total including the multiple French Grade One winner Or Noir De Somoza, who has yet to run for his new trainer, Im So Lucky, Pablo Du Charmil and Tamarinbleu.
Or Noir De Somoza holds entries in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Ryanair Chase and the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, added Pipe. He was given an entry in the two-mile Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot next weekend because it was another early closing race but I have yet to confirm with the owners where he will start off in this country. His best form in France is over two and a half miles but we wanted to cover all of his options at this stage of the season.
The novice Im So Lucky will also be entered in The Irish Independent Arkle Chase, while Pablo Du Charmil has been running well lately and Tamarinbleu, who disappointed in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase last season, has also been given an entry in the Ryanair Chase.