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BHA scraps Dipper

The presence of Captain Conan and Unioniste was not enough to save the 32Red HBLB Dipper Novices' Chase at Sandown on Saturday.

Originally intended for Cheltenham on New Year's Day, the British Horseracing Authority rescheduled the Grade Two contest when that meeting was lost to the weather.

However, it did so under the stipulation that the race could still be abandoned if there were less than four declarations.

Nicky Henderson declared Captain Conan and Paul Nicholls was to take him on with Unioniste.

However,

Ben Case was the only other trainer to confirm his intention to run with Brass Tax - even though there were seven initial entries when the race was reopened.