Nicky Richards mulling Cheltenham and Aintree options for Duke Of Navan

Wed 31 Jan 2018

Connections of Duke Of Navan are likely to choose between the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals after the 10-year-old landed a gutsy success at Doncaster on Saturday.

The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase is the only viable target for Duke Of Navan at Cheltenham, but if a handicap at Aintree in April is the preferred option, he might first take in another race at Doncaster in early March.

"He's fine. I'm not sure where he'll go next, " said trainer Nicky Richards.

"We've a couple of options. He could go straight to Cheltenham for the Grand Annual or he could go back to Doncaster and then on to Aintree.

"I'll have a little chat with the owners and hopefully we'll get it right."

Richards has named the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase at Cheltenham as the target for Guitar Pete.

"He's good. We've just started again. We'll wait for the two-and-a-half-miler at Cheltenham," said the Greystoke handler.

Guitar Pete won the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham in December but unseated his rider at Ascot on his latest start.

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