Harambe tries to do an Elgin and win the Greatwood Hurdle on Sunday

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November 15

Not surprisingly, Alan has opted out of taking Sceau Royal to Cheltenham on Sunday as this slick jumper has never been so effective in testing ground, but we still have two runners there, weather permitting, with Harambe heading for the valuable Greatwood Hurdle and Colditz Castle the conditional jockeys hurdle.

Alan said:”We won the Greatwood two years ago with Elgin, and I have had the race in mind for Harambe for some time now.

“Unfortunately, Harambe suffered a setback in the middle of last week, and, while it was only a small blip, it is not ideal. He took time to get the hang of hurdling, but he came good in the spring, winning twice and then running an excellent second at Sandown.

“He was a bit keen on his comeback at Chepstow, but I liked the way that he stayed on from the last, and the race will have brought him on.

“Colditz Castle was a bit weak last season, both physically and mentally, but he has done well through the summer and made a pleasing return at Worcester, where he was staying on well at the finish to take third. This stiffest test of stamina should suit him.”