Cole Harden set for chase debut at Wetherby

Cole Harden: "his schooling has been fantastic"

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker ( Cole Harden set for chase debut at Wetherby
By Keith Melrose 3:15PM 23 NOV 2016

TRAINER Warren Greatrex has revealed that stable star Cole Harden, winner of the 2015 World Hurdle, has been pencilled in to make his debut over fences at Wetherby on Saturday week.

Quoted on his website, Greatrex said: "On December 3 it is the eagerly anticipated first run over fences for Cole Harden. He is in terrific form at the moment and his schooling has been fantastic."

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Early December might be seen as something of a delayed comeback for Cole Harden, but Greatrex reported in the Racing Post in October that an ongoing knee issue was holding him back.

Cole Harden's intended target is a novice chase over 2m3f at Wetherby and Greatrex added: "The knee seems to be holding up well which is great news. He is looking lighter than he has done in the last two seasons at this stage which can only be beneficial. He is showing real enthusiasm in his work and fingers crossed he can stay in good shape for the next ten days."

Big few weeks

Greatrex also shared plans for other prominent members of his string, starting at Newbury this weekend.

"On Friday One Track Mind makes his chasing debut at Newbury. It is not ideal starting off in a Grade 2 but there are limited options for him and I felt Newbury would be a very good start off point. His schooling has been very good and I cannot wait to get him started.

"Also on Friday Shantou Bob returns after a year off. He was a high class novice two seasons ago but has had niggling problems since. He seems in really good form and is showing me that he is as good as ever."

Greatrex also suggested that La Bague Au Roi, winner of her two starts over hurdles so far, could run at the Hennessy meeting, ground permitting.

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