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Court considered for crack at County

COURT MINSTREL could run in the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival if he goes to the big meeting in March.

The Evan Williams-trained six-year-old threatened to get involved at the finish in the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday before the testing ground took its toll up the hill and he was just run out of third place.

Williams was pleased with his performance, however, and feels Court Minstrel would have finished much closer on better ground.

"I've looked at the tape again and he ran with credit. He came to win the race, but he just didn't pick up in the ground," said the Llancarfan handler.

"He looked like playing a part at one stage, which is what we needed to see - we didn't want him beaten half a mile out.

"If he goes to Cheltenham he won't run before then, he's had his three runs over hurdles now.

"It will be interesting to see what the ground is like over the next few weeks, though.

"I think he'll be better suited to handicaps, just the way they are run with a fast pace.

"It might just be a year too soon for him to run in a handicap at the Festival this year but if he did go to Cheltenham it could be for something like the County Hurdle rather than a novice.

"One day I think he's got a big handicap in him."

Plumpton's At The Races Sussex National proved to be a local family affair as Well Refreshed obliged for West Sussex-based trainer Gary Moore and his youngest son, Joshua.

Given a patient ride, the 6/1 chance joined the leading group with three left to jump and looks a staying chaser going places. Pettifour was his main challenger but Moore made a positive move, soon putting the race to bed and despite a sloppy leap at the last he came home 28 lengths clear with Double Dizzy running a cracker in third.