Bristol De Mai and Daryl Jacob
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Popular grey Bristol De Mai, could get his season underway with a run in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.

The gelding could prep ahead of his hat-trick bid in the Grade One Betfair Chase at Haydock Park, with trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies telling the “Bristol De Mai is in good shape. He will go for the Charlie Hall, then the Betfair Chase. He has made the race his own for the past two seasons.

“He has been well over the summer and is showing as much enthusiasm as ever. Everything is all good with him.”

Meanwhile Betfair Hurdle hero Al Dancer could make his chasing debut at Newton Abbot on Sunday.

He won his first four starts over hurdles, before blowing out in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Twiston-Davies said: “He is entered at Newton Abbot in an extended two-mile novice chase and the plan is to go there.

“We decided with the owners that he would go chasing this season rather than stay over hurdles. He seems fine and hopefully he can do well over fences.”

Smart staying hurdler Wholestone, is another who could run this weekend. He won on debut at Perth recently, beating one rival, but is likely to have a more competitive test at Chepstow.

Twiston-Davies added: “Hopefully Wholestone will run at Chepstow, but we have to see who is running and why. I was really pleased with how he jumped at Perth, even though he only had one rival to beat.”

Stablemate Ballyandy could return to timber for the Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle.

The trainer said: “Hopefully he will go to Chepstow on Saturday and a lot of questions will be answered then. It was really good run in Coral Cup (third) on his final start of the season.

“He will go three miles later on in the season, that’s the idea anyway.”