Monday thirteenth March – Paul Nicholls Racing


We head to Cheltenham in prime type after a double at Sandown together with an incredible success by Iceo within the Betfair Imperial Cup.

With Larchmont Lass breaking her duck with a decided victory within the Listed Mares’ EBF bumper and Quel Destin solely simply overwhelmed in a invaluable novice handicap Chase we had loads to have fun.
Iceo has bounced again brilliantly after lacking the most effective a part of a yr with an harm that had us baffled for 3 weeks when he was on and off lame quickly after working within the Dovecote Hurdle at Kempton final February. Simply to verify my head lad Clifford Baker organised an Xray of his entrance legs which revealed a hairline fracture down the entrance of his cannon bone. He then required surgical procedure which concerned utilizing a number of screws to restore the injury.

We gave him loads of time to heal and didn’t rush him when he returned into coaching so I used to be a bit shocked at how nicely he ran on his comeback at Sandown in January. The second he handed the put up in third place I advised his proprietor Chris Giles that I’d purpose him on the Imperial Cup within the hope that the bottom can be comfortable sufficient for him. As soon as the rain arrived I used to be fairly bullish about his probability as a result of he’d improved tonnes previously few weeks.
Harry Cobden gave Iceo a stunning affected person trip however nonetheless felt he bought to the entrance too quickly. However he saved on willingly late on for a nicely deserved victory by three and three quarter lengths.
Whereas Iceo is within the County Hurdle at Cheltenham I’d say he’s unlikely to run there as he had a tough sufficient race on Saturday. I’ll try to discover another race for him this season supplied there may be reduce within the floor which is so necessary to him.
Chris would definitely like to run Iceo the Scottish Champion Hurdle if the going is comfortable sufficient. Long run he shall be an thrilling novice for fences subsequent season.
I used to be thrilled with the success of Larchmont Lass on probably the most testing floor she has encountered. She has progressed with every race and dug deep with the assistance of a decided trip by Harry. She won’t run once more this season, has already schooled over hurdles, and can sort out mares’ novice hurdles subsequent season.
Quel Destin relished the circumstances at Sandown, got down to make all of the working and was solely simply caught on the flat by Hudson De Grugy who was in receipt of just about a stone.
All roads now result in Cheltenham the place we can have round sixteen runners via the week. They’re all in fine condition after they labored properly on Saturday morning and our strike continues to hover at round 30%.
We’ve made a quick begin to March, the horses look fabulous and we couldn’t be happier with their preparation forward of the Competition the place we can have three runners on Tuesday together with the extremely progressive Tahmuras within the Supreme Hurdle.
Then we shall be busy with probabilities every day main as much as the Gold Cup on Friday by which I’ve excessive hopes for Bravemansgame who seems to be wonderful in his coat.
A day in a while Saturday we shall be sending some attention-grabbing runners to Kempton and Uttoxeter.
For the most recent information on all our Cheltenham contenders please take a look at my Betfair column which this week will go stay quickly after declaration time every day.


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