Drop back in trip likely for Red Indian

Three miles stretched seven-year-old’s stamina

  • Thursday 03 January
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Kelly Morgan may drop Red Indian back down in trip after the outsider outran his odds in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.

The Sulamani gelding made a lot of the running before eventually finishing fourth to La Bague Au Roi in the Grade One over three miles.

He had made a winning fencing debut by 15 lengths from No Hassle Hoff over two miles five and half furlongs at Ayr, on what was his first start since joining Morgan from Ben Pauling’s stable.

“He ran a terrific race at Kempton. He jumped and travelled very well. If anything, he probably over-raced a bit,” said the Withcote handler.

“He’s come out if it very well. He’s in terrific order.

“We’ve a few plans, but nothing set in stone yet. I think we’ll just wait and see how he is – and we’ll make a plan.”

Morgan senses three miles stretches the seven-year-old’s stamina at this stage.

“We may just drop him back in trip,” she added.

“He’s got enough (pace) for two and a half (miles). He didn’t stop galloping (at Kempton) – he went all the way to the line – but at the same time, three miles probably stretches him slightly.

“In time he’ll definitely see it out.

“For now we might try to keep him to a similar distance to what he won over at Ayr. He will have several entries and options before March.”

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