Trainer Paul Nicholls is considering the Fighting Fifth Hurdle for Ptit Zig after he claimed a big prize in France on Sunday.

The four-year-old gelding made a triumphant return to the track in the Grade One Prix Renaud du Vivier at Auteuil when he stretched two lengths clear under David Cottin.

He could now stay in top company at Newcastle on 30 November.
Nicholls told the Daily Mail: "David was very impressed. I bought him as a prospective chaser and if he had not won he would have gone novice chasing.

"I don't see him having the pace for the Champion Hurdle. He is a real galloper.

"But I'm going to have to pick my races and he could go for the Fighting Fifth where the stiff track would suit him."

Trainer Jeremy Scott said Melodic Rendezvous, a most impressive winner of the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton on Saturday, is also in the shake-up for the Fighting Fifth.