Brian still in Cheltenham frame

  • Last Updated: February 7 2013, 11:28 GMT

Bold Sir Brian could still line up at Cheltenham, despite being scratched from both the Betfred Gold Cup and the Ryanair Chase.

Bold Sir Brian: Back in full work
Bold Sir Brian: Back in full work

The JLT Specialty Handicap Chase is the likely target at next month's Festival for the Lucinda Russell-trained seven-year-old, who took a heavy fall in the Murphy Group Chase at Cheltenham last month.

"We've been speaking to the owners and what we're going to do with him is aim for the big ones at Cheltenham next season. It's a year too early for him," said the Kinross handler.

"We are going to look at a race at Kelso (the Premier Chase) for him at the start of March, and we'll look at the JLT Handicap Chase at Cheltenham for him as well."

Russell reports Bold Sir Brian to have recovered from his tumble at Cheltenham.

She said: "He's back in full work and had his first piece of work (on Thursday). He was very good and very fresh afterwards, so everything's OK."


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