Jefferson team sweet on Pertemps Final at Cheltenham for Black Ivory

    The Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival is the aim for Black Ivory - if he creeps into the race.
  • Sunday 14 January 2018
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The Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival is the aim for Black Ivory - if he creeps into the race.

Malcolm Jefferson's six-year-old followed up a victory at Aintree last month when he defeated Sykes by over a length in a Pertemps qualifier at Warwick on Saturday.

Black Ivory will still need a substantial rise from the handicapper if he is to emulate the Jefferson-trained Cape Tribulation, who won the Final in 2012.

Ruth Jefferson, the North Yorkshire handler's daughter and assistant, said: "We will give an entry in the Pertemps. Last year you needed to be 137 to get in it. He will have to go up to get in it, but we would love to run him in it.

"He has a high cruising speed, but just lacks a gear. He will make a lovely chaser. I would love to get him to Cheltenham over hurdles before that if I can this season.

"He will probably go to Haydock for their Pertemps qualifier as it comes with a nice gap between now and Cheltenham. If he gets in, we will be there. If he doesn't, at least we know we have tried.

"If not we will look at one of the handicaps at Aintree or something."

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