Paul Nicholls considers Capitaine for Kelso mission

Mon 27 Feb 2017

Capitaine could make a quick return to action after he appeared among 14 entries for the totescoop6 Premier Kelso Hurdle on Saturday.

Fourth in the Dovecote at Kempton on Saturday, he is not in the Cheltenham picture and Paul Nicholls is considering sending him on the long trip from his Somerset base.

The champion trainer told " Capitaine was a little bit free in front in the Dovecote Hurdle at Kempton before keeping on to finish fourth.

"He should improve for the run and while Cheltenham is not on his agenda he just might be out again quickly as part of our team heading to Kelso on Saturday.

"I've felt all along that we will not see the best of Capitaine until he goes over fences."

Nicholls has also entered Persian Delight, while his former assistant Harry Fry might run Chalonnial.

Nicky Henderson has entered the unbeaten Top Ville Ben, with Ben Pauling having given the promising Le Breuil the option.

Mount Mews, a winner of four of his five outings to date, has been aimed at the race by Malcolm Jefferson.

Lastbutnotleast, who sports the Red Rum colours for Donald McCain, is another possible.

The Premier Chase has been reopened.

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