Breather for Bradley

  • Last Updated: January 17 2013, 14:42 GMT

Fergal O'Brien is to give Bradley a break after the smart staying handicap chaser put in disappointing performances in his last two starts.

Bradley (left) to be given a breather
Bradley (left) to be given a breather

The Cheltenham trainer feels Bradley has been feeling the effects of a hard race when second to subsequent Welsh National hero Monbeg Dude at his local course in November.

Fifth to Master Overseer on his return there last month, the nine-year-old was pulled up in the Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick on Saturday.

"We haven't found a whole lot wrong with him. He probably had a very hard race behind Monbeg Dude and it has left its mark," said O'Brien.

"He's never been a fan of that ground but he has always gone on it before until the last twice and he probably just had enough of it.

"We are going to give him a good break and see how we go.

"We'll bring him back in the spring. There are plenty of long-distance races for him.

"Whether we go to Cheltenham or not, I don't know."

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