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Swan set to Fly in Champion

PAUL Nicholls has revealed Pearl Swan is to get an entry in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.

The five-year-old has not been seen since falling in the JCB Triumph hurdle at the Festival last year, before which he had dead-heated with Grumeti on trials day at Prestbury Park.

Pearl Swan is one of a number of Ditcheat runners under consideration for the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on February 9, which Nicholls won last year with Zarkandar, who went on to be fifth in the Champion.

Nicholls said: "My only concern is that the race may just come a week or two too soon. But he is fairly handicapped on 146, and will be getting a Champion Hurdle entry too.

"The next couple of weeks will tell us where we stand with him."

Celestial Halo is another possible for Newbury and Nicholls said: "We would like to run him here, possibly en route to a crack at the World Hurdle."



Conquisto eyeing Overturn rematch

Conquisto could tackle Overturn at Doncaster for the second time this month in the Racing Post Lightning Novices' Chase on January 26.

The Steve Gollings-trained Conquisto made an impressive debut over fences at Doncaster at the end of December and ran a fine race to chase home last season's Champion Hurdle runner-up back on Town Moor earlier this week.

Gollings admits his charge has little chance of beating Overturn at his best, but is happy to take him on.

"The next plan is to go back to Doncaster for the Lightning. I think Overturn is going there but we'll try again and coming back to two miles will be in our favour," he said.



Suspected broken back for Bohan

Conditional jockey Paul Bohan suffered a suspected back injury in a fall at Kempton on Saturday.

Bohan was partnering Laterly for Steve Gollings in the concluding William Hill -- Download The App Handicap Hurdle when his mount fell at the fourth flight.

Bohan was taken to hospital by ambulance.