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No going concerns for Gevrey

David Pipe says the testing conditions on Saturday will suit Gevrey Chambertin when he makes his fencing debut in the RSA Trial Novices' Chase.

The Grade Two affair is registered as the Reynoldstown Novices' Chase and has been won by some classy types down the years, with Little Owl, One Man, Mr Mulligan and Albertas Run on its roll of honour.

Gevrey Chambertin has only been seen once this season, when running out a very impressive winner of the valuable Fixed Brush Handicap Hurdle at Haydock in November.

Pipe has been wanting to get him started over fences ever since but a little setback and the prevailing wet weather has delayed his debut.

"Gevrey Chambertin has schooled very nicely at home," said Pipe.

"He should like the ground, so we've no excuses on that score.

"It's a hot race for his debut but these good novices have so few options.

"We've got to get started somewhere with him."

Oliver Sherwood's Many Clouds has made a big impression since being switched to fences and while he only won a three-runner race at Wetherby last time out, the form could not have been advertised any better.

While Sherwood does not want to commit to a Cheltenham challenge just yet, he is keen to see where his stable star fits into the pecking order.

"I suppose this is a kind of D-Day for him, if not D-Day itself," said the Upper Lambourn handler.

"I must say it has been surprising to see how well his Wetherby win has worked out.

"We always intended to give him a break after Christmas and while he had a little hold-up, this race was always in our minds. He's in great order.

"I certainly wouldn't want to wait any longer to be having a prep run as it would be too close for Cheltenham.

"We'll get this out of the way first before we start talking about Cheltenham."