Thursday October 26
The £25,000 Squareintheair Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham tomorrow promises to be a real cracker, and Alan concedes that it will be a tougher test for Sceau Royal than he encountered on his debut over fences at Warwick earlier this month.
Alan said:”Sceau Royal was a high-class hurdler last season and though not the biggest he was very slick over his obstacles, and his schooling was again exemplary when we were preparing him for the switch.
“He jumped well at Warwick and had the scope to get from A-B when going a bit long at a couple of fences down the back, so tackling Cheltenham fences will be valuable experience if our Festival dream is to become reality.
“We won’t be overdoing things through the winter as he doesn’t want testing ground, but this looks a decent contest and he has the penalty to carry, so I’m looking forward to seeing how he copes with that and the step up in class.”