GBI RACING

Graeme McPherson ponders Wetherby return with Ami Desbois

Ami Desbois

Ami Desbois could bid to get his season back on track in the Towton Novices' Chase at Wetherby on February 3.

Graeme McPherson's stable star made a flying start to his career over fences with successive victories at the West Yorkshire track earlier in the campaign, but was pulled up by Paddy Brennan when stepped up to Grade Two level in the Dipper Novices' Chase at Cheltenham on New Year's Day.

Initial reports suggested Ami Desbois could be suffering from a wind problem, but McPherson is delighted with how his charge has recovered from his exertions and has decided not to operate.

He said: " He seems absolutely fine and we're just hoping it was a one-off.

"It was the heaviest ground he's run on and Paddy came back in and said he made a noise. We had a good look at him, but we couldn't find anything wrong.

"He seems very well in himself at the moment, so we're wondering whether he got some mud stuck in his throat or swallowed his tongue or something like that.

"We'll just put a line through it and he'll be back out at the end of this month somewhere, hopefully on a flatter track and better ground.

"The Towton at Wetherby has been a long-term plan for a while. If it came up very soft we'd probably give it a miss, but if it was decent ground that's where he might end up."

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