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Martin Keighley is concerned conditions could scupper the participation of leading fancy Ikorodu Road in Saturday’s Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster.

Although still a maiden over fences, the eight-year-old was set to open his account in the fog at Newbury on his latest start, only to part company with Johnny Farrelly at the final fence.

Keighley reports his charge to be none the worse for that spill but should the ground be unsuitably fast for the gelding on Town Moor, he may take his chance in a novice handicap at Cheltenham on the same day.

“We’re a bit worried that the Doncaster ground is going to dry out too much for him, so if that’s the case, he might switch to Cheltenham,” said Keighley. Doncaster is very much his first preference at the moment, but we’ll have to see about the ground.

“We couldn’t see too much at Newbury last time, but the jockey said he had it won when coming down at the last.

“There is actually a little stand near the last fence at Newbury and Johnny said when he came out of the fog, the horse heard all the people cheering and got a bit of a fright.

“Unfortunately he was looking at the stand rather than the fence, which is why he made the mistake.

“Hopefully he’ll have a chance wherever he goes this weekend.”

n Ante-post favourite Tocca Ferro has been ruled out of the totesport Trophy at Newbury as well as the rest of the season after meeting with a setback.

Emma Lavelle’s six-year-old impressed on his first two starts of the campaign at Ascot and Newbury, but has suffered a leg injury after working at Kempton on Wednesday.

“Tocca Ferro is out for the season and is suffering from a small tear in a tendon,” said Lavelle.

“He worked very well at Kempton yesterday and I’m absolutely gutted.”

Paddy Power make Salden Licht and Final Approach the new 8-1 joint-favourites for the valuable handicap on February 12.

Totesport Trophy Hurdle, Paddy Power bet: 8-1 Salden Licht, 8-1 Final Approach, 9-1 Get Me Out Of Here, 10-1 Walkon, 11-1 Iolith, 12-1 bar.