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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Geraghty retains faith in Bobs Worth for RSA

JOCKEY Barry Geraghty still retains plenty of faith in Bobs Worth, despite his defeat at the hands of Grands Crus in the Feltham Novices' Chase at Kempton.

The seven-year-old, trained by Nicky Henderson, disappointed when beaten five and a quarter lengths in third place by David Pipe's talented grey in the three-mile Grade One on St Stephen's Day.

Bobs Worth has had a wind operation since then and is likely to have one more run before the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March, for which he is 5/1 second favourite behind Grands Crus.

"He's had a little wind operation and I'm sure he'll have another run before Cheltenham, but where exactly I'm not sure," Geraghty said.

"I thought he did well to run as well as he did at Kempton. He just wasn't 100 per cent.

"I suppose with it being a quicker track he was under pressure a little bit early.

"Grands Crus is a very good horse, definitely. He's a high-class horse and was a high-class hurdler.

"I wouldn't underestimate him -- but I'd like to think there's better to come from Bobs Worth."

Andy Turnell has Cheltenham on his mind for Kempton winner The Druids Nephew.

A point-to-point winner, he finished an eyecatching third in a hot race at Ascot and took full advantage of the last flight fall of Captain Sunshine on Saturday.

Turnell is thinking of running him in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle over three miles but he will also have an entry in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.

"He's pleasing me a lot," said Turnell.

"I'm not going to overdo him this year as he's still maturing.

"The plan is to run at Cheltenham, probably in the Albert Bartlett, but if it came up soft he'll have an entry in the Neptune.

"The handicapper has given him a mark of 131 which I think is fair enough and it could be a route we look at but I haven't spoken to the owners yet. I'd like to get a run into him somewhere before March."

The Nightingale has been ruled out of Saturday's BetVictor.com Handicap Chase at Ascot.

Paul Nicholls' nine-year-old has enjoyed no luck this season, tiring in the JNWine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal, before falling in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon and then unseated his rider at Cheltenham.

The handicapper refuses to relent on his rating of 167 which forces him to take on the best around or concede lumps of weight, but Nicholls has decided against doing the latter this weekend.

"He's OK. He schooled well this morning but I'm not going to run him with top weight. He's so hard to place off 167," the champion trainer said.

"He'll probably wait for the Ascot Chase in the middle of February."

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