Champ under consideration for weekend outing at Cheltenham

Nicky Henderson weighing up the options for Grade One scorer

  • Tuesday 22 January
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Nicky Henderson is considering sending Champ for Saturday’s Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.

JP McManus named the seven-year-old after former champion jockey Sir Anthony McCoy in the hope he could live up to the name.

So far the omens are good, with Champ registering a Grade One victory last time out in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury.

“Champ came out of the Challow Novices’ Hurdle in good form,” said Henderson.

“It was another good performance at Newbury and Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham is something that I am thinking about for him.

“He did a piece of work last week and we were very happy with him.

“We are looking to go down the Grade One Ballymore Hurdle route with Champ.”

Birchdale, also owned by McManus and trained by Henderson, is also among the 14 entries.

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