Mail on the Gold trail
Tom George is plotting a potential route to the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup with his high profile French import Mail De Bievre.
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The eight-year-old was a high-class performer in France, where his successes included the Grade Two Prix Murat over two miles and six furlongs in April, 2010. However, he has not been seen out since finishing fourth over hurdles at the same venue in September, 2011.
His new trainer hopes to have Mail De Bierve back on the track next month and he could face a clash with Long Run on his first start.
"Mail De Bievre has been with me for a couple of months. He came over from France a year ago and did his pre-training with Chloe Roddick before joining me.
"He is a very exciting horse to have in the yard. He had an injury but touch wood hopefully he has got over that. We are just taking things one step at a time with him. So far, everything is going according to plan.
"The plan is to go for the Denman Chase at Newbury with him as that looks a good place to start. You don't know with horses until they run, but he looks right and is showing us all the right signs. Newbury will tell us where we are with him.
"His form in France is the best. I asked the handicapper just out of interest what his mark would be and they said as his last mark in France was 175, they would now rate him 160 due to the time he has been off the track."