Waiting on Champion Chase list
Malcolm Jefferson's Waiting Patiently could emerge as a Queen Mother Champion Chase contender in the wake of his latest success at Kempton over the weekend.
The northern raider has won his first five starts over fences, with the three most recent of those coming over two and a half miles.
Saturday's Listed win at Kempton was another fine effort and resulted in a quote of 6/1 for Waiting Patiently to land the intermediate Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Connections are keen to make known that he'll also be considered for the two-mile Championship contest, with the high-flying seven-year-old currently an 555/1 chance in the Queen Mother betting.
Next weekend's two-mile Clarence House Chase at Ascot is off the agenda as it will come too quickly on the back of Kempton, but a two-mile trial is very likely before March.
Waiting Patiently doesn't lack for speed, though ground conditions are said to be key, regardless of his targets.
"There are a couple of races in February for him," said trainer Jefferson's daughter and assistant Ruth. "We'll have a look at the Game Spirit and the Ascot Chase. You wouldn't be afraid to run him at two miles if the ground came up heavy, he's not slow.
"If you were thinking of dropping back for the Champion Chase, you'd like to run him at two miles before that just to make sure he has the speed for that, but he looks as though he does.
"But the weather will dictate what we do more than anything, he wants good to soft/soft ground and we wouldn't run him if he didn't get it."
Last season's Ryanair Chase winner Un De Sceaux is 11/4 to retain his crown in March ahead of this weekend's bid to win a third Clarence House Chase at Ascot.
Altior, winner of the Arkle at Cheltenham last term, but yet to race this season after a wind operation, is 4/6 to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase on 14th March.
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