Pearl Swan could enter Champion picture

  • Last Updated: January 13 2013, 13:05 GMT

Paul Nicholls has revealed Pearl Swan is to get an entry in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.

Pearl Swan: Could run in the Champion Hurdle

The five-year-old has not been since falling in the JCB Triumph hurdle at the Festival last year, before which he had dead-heated with Grumeti on trials day at Prestbury Park.

Owned by Robin Geffen, Pearl Swan is one of a number of Ditcheat runners under consideration for the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on February 9, which Nicholls won last year with Zarkandar, who went on to be fifth in the Champion.

Speaking in his Betfair blog, Nicholls said: "Pearl Swan showed a lot of promise over hurdles last season and has been out with a small injury this season.

"But, like Celestial Halo, we are stepping on the gas with him now, as I would love to run him here (Newbury).

"My only concern is that the race may just come a week or two too soon. But he is fairly handicapped on 146, and will be getting a Champion Hurdle entry too.

"The next couple of weeks will tell us where we stand with him."

Celestial Halo is another possible for Newbury and Nicholls said: "He was last seen out in the Champion Hurdle in March, and has been out since with a minor leg injury. We would like to run him here, possibly en route to a crack at the World Hurdle."


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