Cole Harden to start at Wetherby

Former World Hurdle winner Cole Harden has been pencilled in for his novice chase debut at Wetherby next month.

Cole Harden could make his chase bow at Wetherby

Conqueror of Saphir Du Rheu in the staying championship in 2015, Warren Greatrex's seven-year-old was by no means disgraced when fourth to Thistlecrack in defence of the title in March.

He said: "The plan is for Cole Harden to go to Wetherby on December 3. He has been going well and jumping well, I just want to get him started.

"The last six weeks he has been rocking and rolling and it has all been good."

Greatrex looks like having a strong hand in the novice division over fences this season, with Punchestown Grade One winner One Track Mind also set to make the switch from hurdling.

The Upper Lambourn handler said: "One Track Mind has been entered for the two-and-a-half-mile Grade Two chase at Newbury on Friday (Fuller's London Pride Novices' Chase).

"He is very straightforward and has schooled well. He doesn't show a lot at home, but he looks fantastic.

"It is only two and a half miles on Friday and we know he will improve when he goes up to three, but he is not slow.

"There might be something with a bit more experience in the race, but we are hoping for a good run."

Greatrex declared himself delighted with the effort of Aloomomo, who was third over hurdles at Ascot on Saturday and now heads to Cheltenham.

He said: "That was a fantastic run by Aloomomo. He got tired going to the last, but that will put him spot-on for the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham.

"The key is the ground for him as, in an ideal world, he wants it soft."

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