Nicky Henderson has confirmed after chalking up a sequence of 19 wins over distances, this season wills attempt three miles.
The nine-year-old has dominated the branch in late campaigns – but links are prepared to handle a longer trip by using their cost, whose run includes 14 starts over fences.
The King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day is the objective in the fist half of this season.
At a secure tour on attheraces.com, Henderson said:What more can you say about him hes done it all and keeps doing this. The question is what we do and figure out if three kilometers is within his reach.
If we start off back into the Tingle Creek it wouldnt always be the ideal way into the King George. I am not excited about the Betfair Chase along with also the very best option may be the Ascot Chase.
Everything goes smoothly for Altior and we recauterised his palate this summer that was purely precautionary as he had not had it done for two decades. Nico (p Boinville) is adamant he needs another half a mile therefore let us find out.
Henderson has his hands crossed Might Bites issues are behind him and is hoping the 2017 King George winner and Gold Cup moment may have a definite run.
It simply did not happen for him last season for any reason, he said.
Weve done what we could with him and taken every nut and bolt off and awarded him a thorough MOT and also we just need to hope we could do a Sprinter Sacre with him.
Hes come back from his summer break exceptionally well and we might offer him a confidence booster at a hurdle race before heading back
Santini is another potential Gold Cup contender for the Henderson team.
Hed horrible preparation before Cheltenham using a foot problem and even though this ran a blinder to be conquered just half a period by Topofthegame in the RSA, he explained.
We put him away after that and we think this season could be quite exciting for him. He is still a young horse with tremendous potential, and were hoping he could develop into a Gold Cup horse.
Henderson is planning a familiar route for Buveur DAir using a third Champion Hurdle victory the target.
He will begin from the Fighting Fifth barrier at Newcastle that hes won for the last two decades, he said.
He regrettably could not acquire a third Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham when falling at the third but when you hurdle just like that he does exactly the allowance for error is very small.
He didnt have a lousy season because he moved on to win against the Punchestown Champion Hurdle and he has come back from his summertime looking fantastic.
Triumph Hurdle hero Pentland Hills is to.
He did not find the racecourse to us until February but obtained quite closely at Plumpton in a race wed employed for First Bout, he said.
This was a brave move to opt for the JCB (Triumph) but fortunately it paid him off and that he won nicely, and he followed up at Aintree.
Well see how far he can go over obstacles as well as the International in Cheltenham are a target, but he would have a jog on the Flat beforehand.
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