Boxing Day option for American

Harry Fry is considering making the Kauto Star Novices' Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day the next target for American.

American (far side) and Label Des Obeaux in action at Exeter in November.

The Seaborough handler plans to give the six-year-old an entry in the Grade One contest, better known as the Feltham, having ruled out a tilt at the Neville Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown on December 29.

After finishing sixth on his final start over hurdles in a Grade Two at Fairyhouse in March, the lightly raced gelding made the perfect start over fences when defeating a useful field at Exeter last month.

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Fry said: "The race in Ireland is probably very unlikely as it looks like being a very competitive race. He seems to have come out of the race at Exeter well and will come forward for the run.

"He will be entered in the Feltham on Boxing Day and we will have a look at the entries and see what turns up.

"We don't get many throws of the dice with him each season because he is so fragile. He is only going to get two or three runs in so there is no point trying to win an ordinary novice chase with him, but obviously he needs to step up again.

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"What he needs though is proper soft ground. If he doesn't go to Kempton he will go for a three-mile Listed chase at Warwick on January 14."

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