The Harry Whittington trained Simply The Betts will return to the scene of his latest win to make his seasonal debut in November when taking on the Paddy Power Gold Cup on November 14th at Cheltenham.
The seven year old was one of the biggest market movers of the week at the 2020 Cheltenham festival having had a massive form boost when Imperial Aura landed the Northern Trust Novices Handicap on the first day of the festival and Whittington's horse had beat that over the same course and distance at Cheltenham before his race at the meeting.
Having not being outside the top two all season Simply The Betts was set for a big run in the Brown Advisory Plate and did not disappoint when winning the Grade Three Handicap Chase.
The handler is looking for another big campaign with his stable star and going back to Prestbury Park over a trip and surface he knows well should see him start his campaign well.
(Credit ATR) “Simply The Betts is on course for the Paddy Power Gold Cup and one would assume that is where we will go,” said Whittington.
“I will talk to Andrew Brooks again, but we have made the entry and that looks to be where we are heading.
“He is a course-and-distance winner and an exciting prospect for this season.
“I have been delighted with how Simply The Betts has summered – I am thrilled with him to be honest with you.“We have just done things slightly differently to sweeten him up and he has been working really well at home.
“We are looking forward to this season with him.”
There currently 37 runners still in the fold for the event including big names like Imperial Aura, Greaneteen and the Nicky Henderson trained Mister Fisher.