Dodging Bullets has options
The Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter and Ascot's Stella Artois 1965 Chase are potential seasonal starting points for 2015 Queen Mother Champion Chase hero Dodging Bullets.
Dodging Bullets: Has options at Exeter and Ascot
Paul Nicholls' charge followed up wins in the Tingle Creek and the Clarence House Chase when triumphing at the Cheltenham Festival, but last season did not go so well.
He was well beaten by Top Gamble on his first start in almost a year at Newbury in February, could only finish seventh when defending his Champion Chase crown and was a distant third behind the resurgent Sprinter Sacre on his final outing in the Celebration Chase.
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Dodging Bullets is by no means a veteran at the age of eight, however, and owner Martin Broughton believes he could benefit from a step up in distance this term.
"He's good and we'll certainly be looking at going two and a half miles this year," said Broughton.
"He might come out in the Haldon Gold Cup, but he'll probably go to Ascot for the race that used to be called the Amlin (1965 Chase on November 19) and then see how things go.
"The Ryanair Chase could be a possibility at the end of the year."
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