County Hurdle option for Rashaan

Trainer Colin Kidd is looking forward to seeing Rashaan return to action after his form received another significant boost over the weekend.

Rashaan could be aimed at the County Hurdle

The four-year-old claimed the scalp of Apple's Jade in the WKD Hurdle at Down Royal at the end of October, a filly who has since been narrowly denied in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle before beating Vroum Vroum Mag in a pulsating climax to Sunday's Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

While many believe Rashaan was flattered by the result at Down Royal, Kidd feels there is still room for improvement and has identified the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival as a possible big-race target in the spring.

"He is 100%, but after Down Royal I think he had run six times in eight weeks so we decided to give him a break. We couldn't have envisaged that the ground would stay good this long," said the Bagenalstown-based trainer.

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"He'll come back in training now after Christmas with a view to running in some of those good races in the spring.

"He could go for something like the County Hurdle or the Scottish Champion Hurdle, one of those good handicaps.

"He got put up 8lb for beating Apple's Jade and that was probably fair enough.

"He is rated 139 now but I still think he is fairly okay handicapped, especially seeing what Apple's Jade has done since.

"Obviously they are all saying the trip in Down Royal was too short for Apple's Jade, but our fellow was good, too."

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