Corral set for one more run before Festival

National Hunt Chase ‘possible target’ for McManus novice

  • Tuesday 15 January
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Ok Corral is expected to have another run next month in the hope of confirming his place at the Cheltenham Festival.

The nine-year-old, trained by Nicky Henderson, was cut to as low as 3-1 favourite for the four-mile National Hunt Chase after taking his unbeaten record over fences to two with a convincing display in the Listed Hampton Court Novices’ Chase at Warwick on Saturday.

“He put up a good performance, jumped well and did it nicely,” said Frank Berry, racing manager to owner J P McManus.

“He’ll probably have another run in early February. The four-miler at Cheltenham is a possible target – it depends how he gets on in his next run.”

However, one horse who will not be representing McManus at Cheltenham in March is Great Field.

The eight-year-old, trained by Willie Mullins, is still sore following a tumble in the Grade One Paddy’s Rewards Club ‘Sugar Paddy’ Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas and has been ruled out of the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.

“He got a hard old fall at Leopardstown, and he’s still a bit sore, so he won’t be running at Cheltenham,” said Berry.

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