Pendil on agenda for Castafiore

Longsdon eyes another Grade Two for Haydock winner

  • Monday 21 January
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Charlie Longsdon is eyeing a crack at next month’s 888Sport Pendil Novices’ Chase at Kempton with Castafiore.

The mare defied market expectations when winning a Grade Two at Haydock on Saturday, and will be kept to the same level if she turns up on February 23.

“I would say she might go for the Pendil at Kempton,” said Longsdon.

“I know she’ll have her penalty, but she’ll always have her mares’ allowance.

“We will give her fancy entries at Cheltenham – JLT and the novices’ handicap, depending on what the handicapper does. I think it will be close to 140. I know she was getting 7lb, but she beat a 148-rated horse.”

Castafiore dug in when challenged at Haydock to see off favourite Jerrysback by five lengths.

“She jumped great but she’s just tough and hardy,” added Longsdon.

“We were running her in good handicaps over two miles last year (over hurdles) – and she kept getting beaten – because we didn’t think she’d get any further.

“It’s only since we’ve stepped her up in trip she’s shown improvement – it’s given her an extra gear.

“The others might not have performed to their best, but it would be a surprise if all four hadn’t.”

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