If You Say Run is on course for Doncaster’s Yorkshire Silver Vase Mares’ Chase at the end of this month.
The Paul Nicholls trained-mare was a decisive winner on her chasing debut, triumphing by six lengths in a novice contest at Worcester when 4-6 favourite.
A step up in class followed at Wincanton earlier this month, when the seven-year-old finished runner-up to Reserve Tank in the Grade Two Rising Stars Novices’ Chase.
Harry Herbert, managing director of owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said: “Paul was thinking of the mares’ chase at Doncaster over Christmas – which is a very valuable race – so provided the ground is right, we will wait for that.
“She is in very good form, though – so if an opportunity was to come up before that, we might take it. It is dependent on the ground really. She’s a lovely horse and she’s very well.”
Herbert also provided an update on Highclere’s Clondaw Anchor, trained by Dan Skelton and an emphatic 10-length winner of an intermediate chase at Lingfield last month.
The grey was previously second to Diablo De Rouhet in a novice handicap chase, on his seasonal reappearance at Uttoxeter.
That form has since been boosted, because on his next start Diablo De Rouhet won again – by four lengths at Newbury.
“He was terrific – winning the way he did and finishing second on his chasing debut,” Herbert said of Clondaw Anchor.
” He’s come of out those races really well, but there’s no real plan yet.
“We will have to be patient and wait for the right moment – but now he’s up and away chasing, he’s really very exciting for his owners.”