The first direct routes
linking the two fastest growing regions in Norway - Stavanger and Northern Norway - start today.
Going head-to-head with Edredon Bleu from the final fence to the finishing line, the gallant Direct Route
stuck his head out under Norman Williamson and edged into the lead only to be headed in the stride that mattered most by the valiant Edredon Bleu under Tony McCoy.
is Coral's 4-1 favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase on March 17.
won Aintree's Mumm Melling Chase in 1999 and 2000, before finishing third to Fadalko in last year's race on unsuitably soft ground.
, who could be well treated on just an 11lb higher mark than when gaining the first of his two wins this season at Wetherby, is in the ideal age group for the race as five-year-olds have won five out of the last six runnings.
Should Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Teeton Mill have his Festival warm-up in the two-and-a-half-mile Grade One race - as seems likely - he will be ridden by Norman Williamson, leaving trainer Howard Johnson with the task of replacing the Irishman on Direct Route
, whom he partnered to Tingle Creek success at Sandown in December.
It's interesting to note that Record columnist Norman Williamson has ridden both Direct Route
and Super Coin but sticks with Teeton Mill.
, who is 16-1 for the Champion Chase with William Hill, finished third to Call Equiname in the 1999 renewal and runner-up to Edredon Bleu after an epic battle in 2000.
is quoted at 11-2 ``with a run'' for the Queen Mother Champion Chase by bookmakers William Hill.
16 its plans to open up a direct route
to the Dominican Republic s capital city.
There will be a new, direct route
between Oslo and Barcelona starting 15 February 2001 as Norwegian carrier Braathens adds the Spanish city to its route network.
NORMAN WILLIAMSON is to take the ride on Direct Route
this weekend when the country's fastest chasers clash in the Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot.