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Salubrious shoots for Silver

Fri, 26 October 2012

Part-owner Andy Stewart is looking forward to seeing the unexposed Salubrious make his return to action in the totepool.com Silver Trophy at Chepstow on Saturday.

An impressive bumper victory at Stratford in September of last year prompted Stewart and David Johnson to snap up the five-year-old and send him to champion trainer Paul Nicholls.

He failed to fire in a bumper at Cheltenham's Open meeting on his debut for new connections, but did win on his hurdling introduction at Taunton in late December and though he has not been seen since, he starts off life in handicap company off a very workable mark of 129.

Stewart said: "He's still a young horse and he has improved, as you would expect. Ruby (Walsh) is going to Chepstow, so he'll ride him, and it will be interesting to see how he goes on his first run for a while. I'm in Barbados at the moment but I'll certainly be watching on TV."

Last year's winner Arthurian Legend is one of four runners in the race for trainer Philip Hobbs.

Assessing their chances, the Minehead handler said: "Tony Star is probably the one in form and hopefully he'll run well. Chance Du Roy is more of a chaser, but we wanted to give him a run back over hurdles before he goes back over fences.

"Arthurian Legend won the race last year, so he deserves his place in the race, and everything Lamb Or Cod did in Ireland suggested he wanted two and a half miles on softer ground, so we'll see what happens."

Robinson Collonges was third in the race for Paul Nicholls last year and has since joined the champion trainer's former assistant Harry Fry, who has made an excellent start to his own training career.

Fry said: "He's new to us, but he seems well in himself and the change of scenery seems to have helped him. He was third in the race last year but lost his way after that, so it's a fact-finding mission to find out where we are with him, and a confidence-booster as much as anything.

"Our last two runners have won, so the horses are in good form and we couldn't have wished for a better start."