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Rescheduled: Cotswold Chase and Cleeve Hurdle to be ran on Saturday

Two feature races from cancelled Festival Trials Day to be hosted on differing tracks this weekend



The main stand at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, Surrey, England
The Paddy Power Cleeve Hurdle and Paddy Power Cotswold Chase will be salvaged across Saturday’s cards after the abandonment of Cheltenham’s Festival Trials Day.

Wetherby will host the Cleeve, while the Cotswold will head to Sandown Park.

Sandown has standing water on parts of the hurdles course with an inspection due on Tuesday afternoon, so Trials Day’s hurdling feature will be hosted in Yorkshire.

Stayers’ Hurdle favourite and two-time Cleeve Hurdle winner Paisley Park will not head north and will instead opt to go straight to the Festival.

Nigel Twiston-Davies’s Bristol De Mai will remain on track for the Cotswold which will now be hosted in Esher, as will the Colin Tizzard trained Gold Cup winner Native River.

The aforementioned three-time Betfair Chase winner had a record of 0-6 at Prestbury Park but has won and placed in Grade 1’s at the Surrey track before.

Welsh Grand National hero Native River, meanwhile, would make Saturday his track debut should he run.

Nicky Henderson has also confirmed that weekend intended runner Santini, who won this contest last season, will have an entry for the race once again.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.