Camping set for Kempton return

Camping Ground is set for a return to fences early next month after trainer Robert Walford nominated a graduation at Kempton Park as his likely starting point for the season.

Camping Ground could reappear at Kempton

Walford's stable star, experienced over the larger obstacles from his time in France, made a winning start for the yard in a handicap chase at Warwick in February 2015 but after unseating Daryl Jacob on his seasonal return in last year's Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon, the decision was made to revert to timber.

Explaining that move, Walford told "We went back to hurdles last season because we thought there was some decent prize money to be won with him.

"He progressed well and then we really lost him at the end of the season."

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After storming to an 11-length victory in the Grade Two Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham on New Year's Day, Camping Ground shaped like a non-stayer when fifth in the Cleeve on his return to Prestbury Park later in the month before finishing well held behind Annie Power in both the Champion Hurdle and the Aintree Hurdle when last seen in public.

But the trainer is looking forward to getting the six-year-old back on the track in a race won last year by subsequent Hennessy Gold Cup hero Smad Place.

Walford said: "He'll be returning to fences this season and he's going to go for a graduation chase at Kempton on November 7.

"I'd prefer it to be a bit wetter – heavy ground isn't important to him but it'd want to be on the softer side.

"The race at Kempton is over two and a half miles so we'll set off at that distance and see where we go from there."

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