Brave Nakeeta to return in 2017
Iain Jardine is convinced Nakeeta's turn in a big race will come after the five-year-old ran another excellent race when runner-up in the Tote November Handicap at Leopardstown on Saturday.
Nakeeta has to settle for second in the Chester Cup behind No Heretic.
It was the fourth time the five-year-old has had to settle for second place in a decent handicap in 2016.
The Sixties Icon gelding is now likely to be put away for the winter, although Jardine may give him an entry in the November Handicap at Doncaster next Saturday.
The Carrutherrstown trainer will target the top staying handicaps again in 2017, with a likely starting point being the Chester Cup, in which he was beaten a short head by No Heretic in May.
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"He ran a fantastic race. He deserves to win a race like that and was giving the winner (Golden Spear) 12lb," said Jardine.
"He got to the front a bit too early, but there wasn't a lot Seamie Heffernan could do as he was travelling so well that he had to commit him.
"The plan was to hang on to him a little longer, but he couldn't find anything good enough to follow for longer so we had to settle for second place again.
"He's been unlucky in defeat a few times this season, but he's a fantastic horse and he will win a big one at some stage.
"He'll probably have an entry in the November Handicap (at Doncaster) but is unlikely to run, so I'd say he'll have his holidays and have a campaign for next season.
"He might have his first run next year in the Chester Cup or something like that and we'll him at the nice races again through the summer.
"He's a fantastic horse. He's tough and genuine and it's a privilege to have a horse like him."
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