Vibrato Valtat
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Sandown Park Racecourse

Grade One winner Vibrato Valtat could bid to claim his first victory in more than two years in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster on January 27th.

The Emma Lavelle-trained 10-year-old came within a neck of getting his head in front for the first time since winning the 2015 Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter for his former trainer Paul Nicholls on his first start over three miles at Town Moor last month.

Lavelle said: “I think he really enjoyed that at Doncaster the other day and he has come out of it so well. He is in the Sky Bet Chase at the end of the month and that will be the plan.

“He was put up 4lb for finishing second. If everything goes to plan off his old form, 149 should still be a nice mark. Hopefully there is still more than one good race in him.

“He has been the same all the way through his life. He has one little kick at the end of his races and then that is it. You don’t want to get there sooner than you have to on him.

“He is a great horse to have about the place and he has already had a brilliant career.”