Cheltenham aim for Kelso winners
Cottage Oak is being targeted at the Foxhunters' Chase at Cheltenham in March after winning the first hunters' chase of the new season at wintry Kelso.
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Formerly trained by Gordon Elliott, he swept to an eased down four-length win over Sacred Mountain in the CGA Foxhunter Trial Open Hunters' Chase.
Now with English-based handler Joe O'Shea, he was a first winner under Rules for Paddy Gerety and carries the colours of Richard Hewitt who bought him privately last season.
Hewitt said: "He was bought to run at Cheltenham and that is what he will do. The plan is to go to Haydock and then on to the festival. I think he will take all the beating at Cheltenham if he gets good ground."
Tim Walford-trained Fentara could also be heading for the Festival after her romp under Daryl Jacob in the mares novices' chase.
"She may end up in the Kim Muir Chase or National Hunt Chase and the EBF Final at Newbury could be an option along the way," he said. "She needs soft wherever she goes."
Our Joey landed the 2m 6f novices' hurdle for Hawick father and son combination George and Jonathon Bewley.
"We've always thought a lot of this horse and he was idling a bit in front because he had led for a long way," Bewley senior said. "He's also been a bit unlucky and deserved to get back in the winners' enclosure."