Gold primed for chase bow
Sam Twiston-Davies is looking forward to riding African Gold over fences this season.
The giant five-year-old finished second to At Fishers Cross in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham before claiming a creditable fifth behind Solwhit when upped to full company for the Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree.
He is ready to start off his new venture with Twiston-Davies' trainer father Nigel looking for the right opening.
"We've got African Gold and a few quite smart ones to come out," said Twiston-Davies.
"He's in good form, he's going chasing and we just want to find the right race. At this time of year everyone is bringing their nice novices out, so trying to find a weak novice chase is hard.
"We want him to have a nice introduction first time out so that is what we are waiting for."
One who remains over hurdles this year is prolific winner Master Of The Sea, who was placed at Cheltenham and Aintree after winning four on the bounce.
Twiston Davies jnr said: "Master Of The Sea is a beautiful horse and he'll stay hurdling, otherwise he would have ended up in the same races as African Gold later in the season.
"He'll go to Wetherby for the three-mile hurdle and it will be interesting to find out how good he is.
"Obviously at the back end of the season he was almost flat after winning so many, so it will be nice to have him back and find out how good he is."