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JLT Chase likely option for Henry de Bromhead's Sizing Gold

Updated: Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 13:00 | Comments

Sizing Gold (r) trails in behind Foxrock at Naas
Sizing Gold (r) trails in behind Foxrock at Naas

Henry de Bromhead views the JLT Novices' Chase as the more likely Cheltenham Festival target for Sizing Gold.

The seven-year-old beat the well-regarded Mullaghanoe River on his chasing bow at Navan in December but then had to settle for a seven-length second behind Foxrock when upped to Grade Two level and three miles at Naas last weekend.

De Bromhead will talk plans through with owners Alan and Ann Potts, and consider a drop back in trip.

He said: "I was hoping he would see out the three miles, but he just didn't.

"We have entered him for two novice races at Cheltenham, the two and a half (the JLT, formerly known as the Jewson) and the three-mile (the RSA Chase).

"I don't know, you'd probably be leaning towards the Jewson at the moment but we will see. I don't think he will run again between now and then." 

De Bromhead is considering the options for Days Hotel following his fourth place in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot.

The nine-year-old was having his second crack in Grade One company after finishing a well-beaten third behind Sprinter Sacre in the Champion Chase at Punchestown last April.

Days Hotel was not disgraced against impressive winner Sire De Grugy and while De Bromhead is not totally writing off another run at the highest level for his charge, he could look for a slightly easier option in the interim.

He said: "He is good after the run, it just looked like he got outpaced, they just looked a gear faster than him over there, but he stayed on well so I was happy enough with the run.

"He will now either go for the Red Mills at Gowran (15 February) or the race at Naas, the Newlands (the paddypower.com Chase on (23 February).

"I don't know whether he will go to Cheltenham, that is up to his owners. There is the Webster Cup over two and a half miles at Navan that might be more for him. 

"Richard Johnson thought that if the Ryanair cut up it might be worth having a look, he is entered in that so we will see.

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