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Wednesday 13 December 2017

module to fly for ryanair

Trainer Tom George believes Module will be back to his best at the Cheltenham Festival when he will be aimed at the Ryanair Chase.

Though Module was third to Sire De Grugy in the Queen Mother Champion Chase last March, he feels the horse is no longer effective over two miles these days after he was well-beaten in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton over Christmas.

"We are very happy with him now. We've given him a quiet time, we are really building him up and he'll go straight to Cheltenham for the Ryanair," said the Slad handler.

"He had a bit of a blip at the start of the season. He needs further than two miles now.

"We're happy with him and I'm sure he'll be back to himself at Cheltenham."

Module was placed in the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2014 after winning the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury from Dodging Bullets, who is the in-form two-miler this term, winning both the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown and Ascot's Clarence House Chase.

George decided not to give Module an entry in this year's renewal that comes up on Saturday.

"He won that race last year and the form doesn't look too bad now," he said.

Trainer John Quinn is planning to give star juvenile The Wow Signal a prep race before going for Classic glory in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 2.

After running away with an Ayr maiden on his racecourse debut last May, the son of Starspangledbanner went on to claim the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Prix Morny at Deauville during a tremendous summer campaign.

His season ended disappointingly as he failed to fire in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp in October, but Quinn is confident his charge will bounce back as a three-year-old.

He said: "The Wow Signal had a nice break and then came back in after Christmas and is back cantering. He is a big, strong colt and is very enthusiastic.

"The 2000 Guineas is his number one spring target and I think that it will be helpful to get a prep race into him beforehand, so he will probably go for the Craven Stakes or the Greenham.

"I wouldn't want to make any major excuses (about his Longchamp performance), but when he came home afterwards he was a very tired colt who had clearly had enough, whereas after his Ascot and Deauville runs he bounced back straight away.

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