Cheltenham countdown: Waiting Patiently bid still undecided

Thu 1 Mar 2018

By staff

Ruth Jefferson will be unfazed if Waiting Patiently misses the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Having made the breakthrough at Grade One level at Ascot, the bookmakers rate him as the main danger to last year's winner Un De Sceaux.

However, Waiting Patiently's preference for soft ground and his relative inexperience are preventing Jefferson and owner Richard Collins from committing.

The North Yorkshire handler said: "To be honest, we've never really seen him as a Cheltenham Festival horse because generally the ground is always on the quicker side and he definitely wants cut in the ground.

"Even if it's soft, we'd still have to have a think about it because he's only seven and we don't want him to have a hard race at Ascot and then Cheltenham and he's knocked for next season.

"If it comes up good, good to soft, the chances are he won't run and then it becomes ideal for Cloudy Dream.

"If it came up soft, they'd maybe both run.

"I'm just not sure it's the right thing to do. We thought Ascot was his Cheltenham and he won that so we're happy with where he's at."

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