Green light for Cheltenham after Rouge continues winning spree

Coral Cup in the pipeline

  • Saturday 23 February
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Jane Williams hopes to enjoy a trouble-free run between now and the Cheltenham Festival with Erick Le Rouge following his victory at Kempton Park.

The five-year-old ended a frustrating few weeks away from the track when completing a four-timer as he took the 888Sport Handicap Hurdle by a neck, in the hands of the trainer’s son, Chester.

Williams said of the 4-1 winner: “He has had a real stop-start time. We had planned for the Lanzarote over course and distance, then he had a foot abscess and then we ran into the fiasco of the flu when he had every chance at Huntingdon.

“We ended up here, which was great. He is entered in the Coral Cup. He will now get the opportunity to go there if they (Culverhill Racing Club, owners) want to. That will be the plan.

“He is not bad for a three-mile chaser in the making.”

Enrilo (6-5 favourite) made what is likely to be his final start of the campaign a winning one when completing doubles for trainer Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden in the 888Sport Take ‘Em On Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

Nicholls, who earlier saddled Southfield Stone to victory in the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle, said: “He is a nice horse, but he won’t run again and we will put him away now.

“He will make a nice novice hurdler. Long term he is a three-mile chaser and he will go on any ground.”

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