Kelso target for Knockara
George Charlton plans to give his shock Cleeve Hurdle winner Knockara Beau a run at Kelso next month before going for glory in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.
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The 11-year-old claimed the scalps of champion staying hurdler Big Buck's as well as other top-class performers At Fishers Cross and Reve De Sivola when providing a 66/1 turn-up at Cheltenham on Saturday and all roads lead back there for the blue riband on March 14.
"We'd been trying there for quite some time and we finally got one to come right. It was fantastic and I'm still on cloud nine," said the Northumberland trainer.
"He's come out of it perfect. We're giving him a couple of easy days just on the horse walk machine and he'll be back exercising on Tuesday.
"The plan is to go to Kelso for the Ivan Straker Memorial Chase on February 13.
"We'll see what we get out of that and then we'll probably go for an outsider's chance in the Gold Cup.
"We were sixth in it once with him (in 2012) but I think he's in better form now. For some reason the horses have improved this year.
"He ran okay in it. It's a hell of a race and they've got to be on the best day of their life that day (for the Gold Cup). The wheels of some of them have got to come off to a certain extent, but you've got to be in it."