Nick Gifford hoping weather holds for Didtheyleaveuoutto

Star star will head to Ascot if ground suits

  • Friday 14 December
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Nick Gifford will monitor the weather closely before making a decision over the participation of Didtheyleaveuoutto in the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle at Ascot next week.

After backing up his debut win at Fakenham with victory at the Berkshire track last month, the five-year-old could return to the course for a shot at the Grade Two prize – better known as the Kennel Gate – provided conditions are suitable.

His only defeat to date came in the Champion Bumper in March.

Gifford said: “He will have an entry in the Kennel Gate and if it stays dry he will go to Ascot. We will just see what the weather does.

“He has been bouncing since his last race. He won the Listed bumper on the Saturday of the two-day meeting last year and it was good to soft.

“I think he wants to get his toe in a bit, but he doesn’t want deep ground. Barry (Geraghty) rides him to utilise that turn of foot and on winter ground you can’t do that.

“It is really one of the only races he can run in. If we wait for the Tolworth at Sandown, most years it is bottomless – if we didn’t go to Ascot we could look at the Tolworth, otherwise you are having to lump around a double penalty.

“Straw Bear turned up to the Supreme having only had two runs – ideally we do want to get another run in, but it wouldn’t be a disaster if we didn’t as he is quite professional.”

Nick Gifford hoping weather holds for Didtheyleaveuoutto
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