Tom George happy to go the Distance at Newbury with The Worlds End

Tue 31 Oct 2017

Grade One-winning hurdler The Worlds End is set to at least start the new campaign over the smaller obstacles, with trainer Tom George targeting Newbury as the first port of call.

The Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle on December 1, which Colin Tizzard is considering for Thistlecrack, has been pencilled in for the six-year-old, who won the Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree in April.

"He will probably go to Newbury for the Long Distance Hurdle," said George.

"He is in good form. He has grown a bit over the summer and has strengthened up and that is the route we will take, I think.

"We have got the option of going chasing if we want to, but we are leaning towards sticking over hurdles at the moment.

"He won well at Aintree. He is a young horse and should improve.

"It is still only the start of his career and let's hope everything goes smoothly with him."

Last year's winner Sir Valentino could lead a two-horse raid from the George stable on the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter next Tuesday.

"He is going to go to the Haldon Gold Cup and will probably be joined by his stablemate Max Ward as he has got the right profile for that," said the Slad handler.

"Sir Valentino, off 160, will have top weight. He was placed in a Champion Chase, so he did very well last season.

"He is in great form and is working well and we are happy with him."

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