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Cheltenham Festival: Jonbon team searching for right race before March as Champ’s course remains up in the air


Nicky Henderson is eager to give remarkable hurdler Jonbon much more working experience ahead of the Cheltenham Pageant, but is struggling to locate a ideal race for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle favourite.

JP McManus’ fledgling star romped to an emphatic Grade Two good results at Ascot less than Aidan Coleman final month to make it two from two around hurdles.

Owning earlier demonstrated a inclination to get heat and more than-race, Jonbon experienced proven extra maturity and a lot of athletic skill on his 2nd hurdling start, with Coleman earning practically all the functioning and powering home up the straight.

Frank Berry, McManus’ racing supervisor, said: “All is really good with Jonbon. It is astounding with all the racing, but Nicky is battling to find a novice hurdle in excess of two miles to run him in. That is a little bit of a issue at the moment.

“I might say the to start with two-mile beginner coming up, he’ll have a operate in it.

“We hope that, by the stop of the thirty day period or whichever, Nicky will obtain a race for him, but there is a bit of difficulty obtaining one.”

Henderson to make a decision Champ’s Cheltenham course

Graphic:
Champ and Jonjo O’Neill keep off Tom O’Brien and Thyme Hill to land the Howden Extended Stroll Hurdle

Berry unveiled that a final decision has but to be taken on which race the Henderson-skilled Champ will contest at the Cheltenham Pageant.

Champ overcame a 274-day crack to land the Lengthy Wander Hurdle at Ascot last month – his initial run because remaining pulled up in the Gold Cup, and looked superior than at any time.

Berry said: “Champ has an entry in the Gold Cup and will have an entry in the Stayers’ Hurdle and I would say we will leave it up to Nicky Henderson nearer the time and see what he wants to do.

“We will see how he is in the meantime – he is in superior type and he has occur out of his race extremely properly and Nicky is happy with him.

“He is a grand horse and it was great to see him residing up to his name!”

McManus group hopeful Easysland will make Pageant

Easysland ridden by jockey Jonathan Plouganou on their way to winning the Glenfarclas Chase during day two of the Cheltenham Festival
Graphic:
Easysland on his way to successful the Glenfarclas Cross Place Chase in the course of day two of the 2020 Cheltenham Pageant

The French-properly trained Easysland is nevertheless on study course for the Glenfarclas Chase, irrespective of not getting viewed since ending runner-up to Tiger Roll in last season’s renewal.

Skilled by David Cottin, Easysland had previously slammed Tiger Roll by 17 lengths in the 2020 edition and stays 4-1 joint-favorite with that rival for the a few-and-3-quarter-mile occasion on March 16.

“Easysland has experienced a handful of setbacks but ideally he is finding there,” reported Berry.

“There was very little significant, just slight problems, but it just slowed the complete career down with him. With any luck , he will get back on tune now.

“You would like to feel he will get again to Cheltenham for the cross state chase and hopefully he will get there. We’ll have to see what occurs right after that.

“We are going to see if he has a run beforehand, but almost nothing has been made the decision nonetheless.”





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