Nicholls set to unleash Triumph entries

  • Last Updated: February 1 2013, 15:17 GMT

Paul Nicholls is ready to unleash his two dark horses for the JCB Triumph Hurdle in the coming week.

Paul Nicholls: Interesting hurdling debutants next week
Paul Nicholls: Interesting hurdling debutants next week

The champion trainer already has one of the leading ante-post fancies in Far West but two stablemates, who have yet to see a flight of hurdles in public, are also entered in the March showpiece.

Writing in his exclusive column at he said: "I obviously have the current form horse Far West in the Triumph - by the way his owners were down to see him school this morning, we are very, very happy with him and he is likely to go straight to Cheltenham - but among my six entries are Brinestine and Lac Fontana, still to race for me.

"I always reserve judgement on my juveniles until I have seen them on the track. But both are pleasing me at home. Brinestine was progressive on the Flat in Ireland, and was due to run at Sandown tomorrow before the rain intervened. He has options at Huntingdon and Taunton next week.

"He works and schools with Lac Fontana, who showed smart Flat form over 1m2f in France. Let's hope he is another Zarkandar for Jared and Chris! He is out a week tomorrow at Newbury, where the lads also run Silviniaco Conti in the Betfair Denman Chase."

Nicholls also had a positive mention for Dodging Bullets, who was last seen when running behind Darlan at Kempton over Christmas.

"He is very much the forgotten horse of the Supreme, but go and take a look at his run in the Christmas Hurdle and you realise that he shouldn't be. He is very well and he will probably go straight to Cheltenham, though he will have an entry in the Dovecote," he added.

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