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Five declared for Peterborough

Just five horses have been declared for the rescheduled Levy Board Peterborough Chase at Exeter on Thursday.

The prestigious Grade Two contest was saved by the British Horseracing Authority following the abandonment of last week's Huntingdon fixture, but is still not guaranteed to go ahead with heavy rain threatening Exeter's meeting with an 8am precautionary inspection called.

Ultra-testing conditions look likely which appears to have prompted many to look elsewhere, leading to a small field.

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls is, however, looking forward to saddling Ghizao if the meeting does beat the weather.

He was last seen finishing third in the Amlin 1965 Chase at Ascot.

"He's a horse who did well to come back from a near-fatal injury last year and he's done really well this season," Nicholls told Betfair.

"He ran really nicely when he won at Kempton first time up and then he was third behind Captain Chris at Ascot.

"He'll run on Thursday if it's on and if he doesn't go there, he'll probably go for a good handicap on New Year's Day at Cheltenham.

"I'm sure he's going to win a nice race soon."

Colin Tizzard saddles fine his staying chaser Hey Big Spender, while Wishfull Thinking aims to build on last month's Cheltenham win for Philip Hobbs.

The line-up is completed by Dan Breen and Bob Buckler's veteran The Sawyer.