Oscar on course for Cheltenham

  • Last Updated: December 4 2013, 14:45 GMT

Oscar Whisky is set to return to Cheltenham to make his second appearance over fences on Friday week.

Oscar Whisky: Set to return to Cheltenham
Oscar Whisky: Set to return to Cheltenham

Nicky Henderson's top-class hurdler made his chasing debut at Prestbury Park last month, but was narrowly beaten by Taquin Du Seuil in a race run at a sedate pace for much of the two-mile-five-furlong journey.

Owner Dai Walters is expecting his eight-year-old to strip fitter for the run and hopes there will be more of a gallop on in the Ryman Stationery Cheltenham Business Club Novices' Chase.

Walters said: "Hopefully he'll go back to Cheltenham a week on Friday. That's the plan at the moment. We all saw what happened last time. There was no speed at the start of the race.

"Hopefully he'll improve for the run and we'll see what happens next week."

Walters also had news of star youngster West Wizard, who was turned over as a 1/6 favourite for his recent hurdling debut at Kempton.

The highly-touted four-year-old was previously ante-post favourite for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle and Walters is certainly not given up on him yet.

He said: "He's a big horse and only a four-year-old who was having his first run over hurdles. I don't think any horse should be 1/6 in that situation.

"He blew up on the day, but he's still a nice horse and there will be plenty of big days for him to come, I assure you of that. I spoke to Nicky about him this morning, but we haven't really made any plans. We'll just try to find another race for him shortly."

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