Anemoi team eyeing Scottish County Hurdle date

Musselburgh could be next for Harry Whittington’s charge

  • Sunday 13 January
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Harry Whittington feels the bet365 Scottish County Hurdle at Musselburgh is an ideal target for Anemoi.

The Sparsholt handler is leaning towards making the two-mile contest on February 2 the next target for the five-year-old, rather than tackling the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury a week later.

Whittington said: “He is in great nick and has come out of his race at Cheltenham really well. He showed plenty of speed and just didn’t stay the two and a half miles that day.

“He will be brought back to two miles now. He has got the Betfair Hurdle entry, but that may not be on the agenda.

“The way he races, he may be a bit to babyish for that and it might be too much for him.

“Andrew Brooks’ (owner) form man suggested the Scottish County Hurdle and that could be a good idea. He can run in a handicap like that to get more experience.

“He will have a Supreme entry, but he will take in a race in early February and we are most probably looking at the Scottish County Hurdle.”

A return to Kempton could be on the cards for stablemate Rouge Vif, with Whittington earmarking the Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle as a possible target for the five-year-old after he found only Mister Fisher too strong at the Sunbury track on Boxing Day.

He added: “It was a cracking run by Rouge Vif in a better race than the Kennel Gate which was a few days earlier.

“We were thrilled as we were giving 5lb to the winner and were beaten only two lengths. He is improving all the time.

“We will keep him to speed tracks. He will run in a couple of weeks under a penalty, then the plan is to go to the Dovecote.

“Aintree will suit him down to the ground and that is also something we have in mind as a main end-of-season target.”

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