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Johnson a late replacement on Coneygree.

CONEYGREE will be ridden by Richard Johnson when he bids to return from injury with victory in a Betfair Chase to be run on ground that yesterday was eased to heavy but is not, according to Haydock, deep, writes Andrew Dietz.

Prolonged spells of rain and sleet were the dominant theme on day one of the Betfair Chase meeting, and although more is expected, officials last night ruled out the need for an inspection for today's valuable card.

The change in underfoot conditions did lead to Menorah being scratched from Haydock's jumps season highlight.

As a direct result, Johnson switches to Coneygree, who had been Aidan Coleman's intended mount.

"Richard will ride," said trainer Mark Bradstock's wife Sara last night.

Of the going, Haydock clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright said last night: "It's the beginning of the season on fresh ground,. We're forecast another 3-4mm of rain and sleet on top of the approximately 25mm we've had since 7am yesterday, and while it will clearly be attritional, it's not deep ground."

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 19, 2016
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