Cheltenham starting point for Champion Chase hero Special Tiara

Sun 29 Oct 2017

By staff

Queen Mother Champion Chase hero Special Tiara is likely to start the new campaign back at Cheltenham in the Shloer Chase next month.

The 10-year-old was third to Fox Norton in the Grade Two at Prestbury Park last November and trainer Henry de Bromhead reports his stable star to be in A1 condition ahead of a return to the track.

Special Tiara came off second best behind Altior when the pair met at Sandown in April.

"He is great. There is not a bother on him and he is in mighty form," said De Bromhead. "He will probably go for the Shloer and that is the plan at the moment. That is the most likely place to go then possibly back to Kempton at Christmas.

"He is super. He went to the Shloer last year and he seems to like travelling. He is great and I am delighted with him."

Dual Grade One-winning hurdler and Arkle Trophy favourite Petit Mouchoir is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a setback.

De Bromhead's charge won both the Ryanair Hurdle and the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown last season before finishing third in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.

He made an impressive start to his career over fences at Punchestown earlier this month and is a best priced 8-1 market-leader for the Arkle at Prestbury Park next March.

However, he may not return to competitive action until the Irish Arkle at Leopardstown in early February.

De Bromhead said: "Unfortunately he is going be out until after Christmas as he has just had a little setback. We just found that out in the last couple of days.

"It is a bit of a shame but we're aiming to have him back for the Irish Arkle at Leopardstown at the new Champions Weekend there.

"Hopefully it is only a minor setback. He has just had an issue with a joint. We've tidied it up and the vet is happy with it. We were lucky to spot it and it's onwards and upwards now."

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