Sky Bet Chase: Ga La opens Doncaster feature with Cheltenham Festival targets on horizon Racing News

Trainer Jamie Snowden has no doubts about Sky Bet Chase contender Ga Law’s potential, with a potential Cheltenham Gold Cup bid on the horizon for his star chaser in 2024.

The seven-year-old returned with a career-best performance at the Paddy Power Gold Cup meeting in November, getting the better of French Dynamite to claim the £90,000 prize under Jonny Burke.

And while the initial plan was to head to Ascot, that was scrapped due to the frozen ground and instead attention will now turn to Doncaster and the Sky Bet Chase. Live on Sky Sports Racing this Saturday.

Johnny Burke won the Paddy Power Gold Cup after winning on Ga La at Cheltenham.
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Johnny Burke won the Paddy Power Gold Cup after winning on Ga La at Cheltenham.

He also has an entry at Cheltenham, but Snowdon expects to send his stable star over the three-mile trip for the £100,000 Doncaster feature.

“The plan was always to go on a trip and he won Paddy Power [Gold Cup] Snowden told Sky Sports Racing.

“Ascot was a great step for him but obviously it wasn’t meant to be so he’s in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster. There’s two miles and four. [furlong] At Cheltenham we will register but Sky Bet is Plan A.

“He doesn’t want to run on fast ground so safe ground is what we’re looking for. His best form hasn’t been on the bog but ground at Doncaster or Cheltenham should be fine.”

Ga La has also been entered for both the Ryanair Chase and Cheltenham Gold Cup, and while runs of 66 and 100/1 for him suggest he is a longshot, Snowden insists he feels His horse can become a Grade One performer.

“I have put in fancy entries but a lot depends on how these next few runs go,” he added.

“Look at Imperial Commander though, he won the Paddy Power and won the Ryanair the same year and the Gold Cup after that.

“It would be nice to think he can develop into a Gold Cup horse in 2024 but a lot of water has passed under the bridge before then and he has to keep improving.

“He’s just a young horse, only seven, and with very few miles on the clock. There’s no reason he can’t improve.”

“I think there’s probably a bit of pie in the sky this year but never say never.

“I was rather hoping that if things went well at Ascot we might see Denman at Newbury but that’s probably a bit closer to Doncaster and Cheltenham.

“There’s a three-mile Listed race at Kelso in March and of course a handicap at the Cheltenham Festival but a lot of that depends on how we go at the weekend.”

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