Cheltenham trip for ‘freebee

Its'afreebee is on course to make a return trip to Cheltenham for his second start over fences to contest the Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase.

Harry Skelton seen riding Blue Heron

The Dan Skelton-trained Grade Two-winning hurdler is being readied for a shot at the extended two-and-a-half-mile prize on Friday which was won last year by former World Hurdle hero More Of That.

Having finished third in the Neptune in March on his final start last season, the six-year-old made a winning reappearance when striking on his chasing debut at Fakenham last month.

Jockey Harry Skelton, the trainer's brother, said: "He jumped well around Fakenham. It is quite a test for them there as it is a trappy course and the fences come thick and fast, so it is a test for a novice.

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"He is very much a horse that saves everything for the day and you would not want to go on what he does at home as he is a very laid-back horse.

"He really thrives on the racecourse, which a lot of the better ones do."

Plans remain fluid for stablemate and fellow Grade Two-winning hurdler Value At Risk after he secured a first victory over fences at the fourth time of asking last time out at Bangor.

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Skelton added: "He has just been a bit unlucky over fences, but I was absolutely delighted with him at Bangor. Although there were only four runners it looked and rode like a very good race. It was a true test of jumping.

"He just idled a bit from the back of the second-last, but he jumped so well. The Alan King horse (Wishing And Hoping) they think will do well over fences and he really served it up to us.

"We are just discussing what to do with him, whether to go the handicap route or the novice route."

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