Cheltenham Festival winner Vanillier to make chase debut at Down Royal on Friday

The Albert Bartlett winner goes over fences for the first time.

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Cheltenham Festival winner Vanillier is set to make his chasing debut at Down Royal on Friday, October 29.

Vanillier, who romped to an 11l victory in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle in March, has been declared for the 2m3½f Beginners Chase at 3.30pm. Grade 1 winners Envoi Allen, Samcro and Delta Work triumphed in the previous three renewals.

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Trainer Gavin Cromwell said: “We’re looking forward to it. Whatever he does on Friday he will hopefully improve on when he steps up in trip but we’re happy to get him started off here.

“He’s summered very well so fingers crossed he goes well. It was always the plan to go chasing with him.”

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Vanillier was last seen on track finishing 15½l behind Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle winner Galopin Des Champs in the Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle at April’s Punchestown Festival.

Cromwell’s charge is set to face 10 rivals in the Beginners Chase as he goes over fences for the first time in his career.

Grade 2 winner Beacon Edge, who also makes his chasing debut, was fourth in the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

While Champagne Gold is stepped up in trip for his first run over timber. Rachael Blackmore takes the ride once again but Henry de Bromhead’s charge flopped when prominent in the betting at 6/1 for the County Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

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