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Nicky Henderson is hopeful his Mister Fisher can haul in the rest during Saturday's bet365 Oaksey Chase at Sandown.
Mister Fisher was beaten by just a neck in Grade 2 race last year by Paul Nicholls' Frodon. "He deserves to win it after last year's run in the race and I think he'll have a great chance," Henderson said. "He was bowling along merrily at Aintree when he made an absolute howler halfway down the back straight and unfortunately that was the end of the game. "He's in good form, he schooled Thursday morning and was great."
Frodon won't run this year but the Don Of Ditcheat Paul Nicholls does send Saint Calvados, who was last seen in the Marsh Chase at Aintree, finishing fifth.
"Things haven't gone his way this season since he ran so well in the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day (third) before tiring late on," Nicholls told Betfair. "There was a bit more promise last time at Aintree and this trip looks ideal for him. "Although all his winning has been achieved in testing conditions, I'm sure he appreciates drier ground these days."
Nick Kent's Erne River was well fancied going to Aintree but fell and now he steps out of novice company for the first time to show what he can do.
"He came out of Aintree, thankfully, really well. We had him checked over by the physio and the vet and we've been really pleased with him at home," said Kent. "Sandown was never on the radar, but as he's OK we've been looking for options and it looks the right sort of race for him." Drying conditions in Surrey aren't ideal for Erne River and handler Kent will take a look at the ground on Saturday to check the score. "I will walk the ground on the day, just to make sure it's safe for him, because that is a concern, the forecast has no rain at all," he said. "The other thing is we've never run him right-handed before, he always tends to jump left but until we try him over a right-handed track, we just won't know what he'll do." Ann Hamilton's veteran gelding Nuts Well completes the field.
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