Nicky Henderson holding fire on Terrefort Cheltenham Festival decision

Wed 7 Feb 2018

By staff

Nicky Henderson will make a decision nearer the time over the participation of Grade One winner Terrefort at next month's Cheltenham Festival.

The five-year-old made it two from two since joining Henderson when giving owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede a fourth successive victory in the Scilly Isles Novices' Chase at Sandown last Saturday.

Although the former Guillaume Macaire-trained gelding holds entries in both the RSA and JLT, Henderson has warned he could swerve both contests.

He said: "It was a good display at Sandown. He knew what he was doing and he jumped very well.

"He is only five and he must have soft ground. We have talked about Cheltenham very briefly. He doesn't have to go to there this year. We are sitting on the fence a little bit. He has won a Grade One this season.

"They (owners) are very good and they see that Cheltenham is not the be-all and end-all. They have got a good, strong team of horses to go to Cheltenham with.

"He has surprised us a lot and, in which case, it might just be worth looking after him a bit."

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