X

Tuesday 23
July

Horse Racing

George upbeat ahead of Black Op chase debut

6th December 2018, 16:24 by Gareth Freeman

Black Op will make his first appearance over fences at Exeter on Friday and trainer Tom George is in confident mood.

George's charge was due to make a chase debut last month at Exeter but was withdrawn due to concerns over the ground.

The seven-year-old finished second in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last season and won the Mersey Novices' Hurdle at Aintree over hurdles, and George is hoping for another successful campaign.

"It looks a competitive little race, but we've got to start somewhere and there aren't that many options for him," said George, as reported by Sky Sports.

"He's been ready to go for three weeks, but there's been nowhere to go with him the way the ground has been.

"They've done away with a lot of the beginners' chases, so we have to run in a novice and I just hope they don't give each other too hard a race.

"Hopefully there's a long winter ahead of us."

Black Op will contest the Heavitree Brewery PLC Novices' Chase at Exeter on Friday, with Topofthegame and White Moon among his six rivals.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

More Horse Racing

Horse Racing

Sea Of Class loses colic battle

22nd July 2019, 18:08

Connections have confirmed that Sea Of Class has sadly lost her life after struggling to overcome colic in recent weeks.

Horse Racing

Enable in prime condition ahead of Ascot

22nd July 2019, 18:05

Trainer John Gosden has claimed Enable is in fine condition ahead of the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

Horse Racing

Byron in line for Goodwood outing

21st July 2019, 14:58

Trainer Roger Varian says Cape Byron could be aimed at Goodwood's Qatar Lennox Stakes next.

Horse Racing

Bell confirms Deauville plan

21st July 2019, 14:58

Michael Bell says Pretty Pollyanna will be heading to Normandy next month for a crack at the Prix Maurice de Gheest.

Horse Racing

Dettori steers Star Catcher to Irish Oaks glory

20th July 2019, 18:26

Frankie Dettori's fantastic recent form in Group 1 races continued on Saturday as he saddled Star Catcher to glory in the Irish Oaks.

Horse Racing

Bettys Hope delivers for Millman at Newbury

20th July 2019, 17:21

The Rod Millman-trained Bettys Hope emerged victorious in the Weatherbys Super Sprint Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

Recent Sport Headlines

Celtic

Tierney in line for Celtic stay

23rd July 2019, 10:53

Left-back Kieran Tierney looks set to stay at Celtic this summer following reports Arsenal have pulled out of the race to sign him.

Manchester United

Security issues to be addressed at Carrington

23rd July 2019, 10:46

Manchester United are upgrading security at Carrington to ensure that training sessions remain very much behind closed doors.

Cricket

Anderson out of Ireland clash

23rd July 2019, 10:40

England's Jimmy Anderson will not feature in the one-off four day Test with Ireland on Wednesday at Lord's due to injury.

Watford

Gracia happy to have Pereyra returning

23rd July 2019, 10:30

Watford boss Javi Gracia says he is looking forward to welcoming Roberto Pereyra back into the first-team squad this weekend.

Manchester City

City seek Gundogan compromise

23rd July 2019, 10:25

Manchester City are reportedly ready to call Ilkay Gundogan's bluff and are prepared to let him leave for free next summer.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Patricio determined to build on 2018/19 campaign

23rd July 2019, 10:23

Wolves keeper Rui Patricio is looking forward to the new season and is expecting another successful campaign.

Horse Racing Previews

Stay On Line At Wolverhampton

23rd July 2019, 10:18

Quick Returner Has Conditions To Get Back On Winning Trail

West Ham United

Striker keen to put his stamp on Hammers

23rd July 2019, 10:03

Sebastien Haller does not want to be compared to Marko Arnautovic and is anxious to make his own mark at West Ham.