Streak has Fighting Fifth option

Greatwood Hurdle also in mix for improving grey

  • Tuesday 30 October
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Evan Williams is considering stepping Silver Streak up to the top table on his next start for a tilt at the BetVictor Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.

The Llancarfan handler has earmarked the Grade One prize on December 1 as one of two potential options alongside next month’s Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham for the five-year-old following his victory in the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las.

Williams said: “He was grand at Ffos Las, and it was nice to win that race. He has come out of it well.

“He will be entered in the Greatwood, and I might just put him in the Fighting Fifth because that race can cut up and often only have a few runners in it.

“A strong pace in the Greatwood would help him, though, because he pulled pretty hard the other day.

“We should really run him in another handicap off that mark. We will see how he is at the time, but they would be his two options.”

Silver Streak goes well on good ground, but Williams will be careful to avoid an extreme surface with his improving grey.

“I was at Wincanton the other day, and the ground was like concrete, so I would not be keen on running him in the Elite Hurdle there,” he said.

“He has won two nice handicaps in a row now already this year, and we don’t want to be greedy.

“I’ve always thought he is a nice horse and he is progressive – but I’m sure the handicapper will stop us somewhere.”

Williams plans to step Clyne up to three miles for the first time in his career in the Grade Two bet365 Hurdle, better known as the West Yorkshire Hurdle, at Wetherby on Saturday.

The eight-year-old signed off last season when posting a career best effort in defeat, finishing third behind L’Ami Serge in the Aintree Hurdle.

Williams added: “The ground will be safe up there, so he will head to Wetherby.

“Really and truly speaking, he did well at Aintree over two and a half, and that was an incredible effort.

“It would be silly not to try him over this trip. He might not stay it – but we will know after Saturday.”

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