Paul Nicholls has Cyrname primed for Scilly Isles showdown

Sat 3 Feb 2018

By staff

Paul Nicholls is excited at the prospects of Cyrname in the Betfred TV Scilly Isles Novices' Chase at Sandown on Saturday.

The six-year-old looked a smart recruit when winning the Grade Two Wayward Lad Novices' Chase at Kempton on only his third start over fences.

"I'm really looking forward to running him, it looks a good race, probably the best of its type this season over here," the Ditcheat trainer told Racing UK.

"He's a progressive horse, since he's jumped fences he's done nothing but improve so I'm really looking forward to it."

Neil Mulholland reports Kalondra to be ready to return to the fray seven weeks on from his victory at Cheltenham.

"He seems to come out of the race at Cheltenham very well. We're happy with him," said the Wiltshire handler. We've freshened him up and it's fingers crossed he'll run a good race. He's going the right way."

West Approach's victories over fences have come at around two and a half miles and he drops back down in trip after two failed attempts at three miles.

Trainer Colin Tizzard is now convinced West Approach is better at shorter distances, despite being a half-brother to King George VI Chase and Stayers' Hurdle winner Thistlecrack.

"He was third in the Kauto Star and he was bang there at two and a half miles, it looked as if he was going the best," Tizzard told Racing UK.

"He didn't quite get home and because he's Thistlecrack's brother we've always thought he'd stay three miles when he probably doesn't, this is probably his trip."

Owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede took the last three Scilly Isles' with Top Notch, Bristol De Mai and Gitane Du Berlais, and this year's representative Terrefort made a highly promising debut for the Nicky Henderson stable when landing a novice handicap chase at Huntingdon last month.

As the only five-year-old in the field, the French import receives 3lb from his four rivals.

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