Domperignon heads to Market

Domperignon Du Lys will bid to enhance his chances of an appearance at the Cheltenham Festival in the 32Red.com Juvenile Hurdle at Market Rasen on Tuesday.

Domperignon Du Lys finished behind Defi Du Seuil (pictured)

After having made an impressive British debut at Newcastle in November, the Nicky Henderson-trained four-year-old failed to follow up when a well-held fourth behind Triumph Hurdle favourite Defi Du Seuil at Cheltenham the following month.

Domperignon Du Lys must give away weight away to all bar one of his seven rivals at Market Rasen, but connections are optimistic he can regain the winning momentum ahead of a possible tilt at the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices' Hurdle.

Anthony Bromley, racing manager to owners Isaac Souede and Simon Munir, said: "We were very pleased with his first run up at Newcastle where he beat a nice horse of Brian Ellison's (Nietzsche), who has franked the form since.

"We felt we probably ran him back a bit too quickly at Cheltenham.

"We've given him time to freshen up and hopefully he can regain the winning thread at Market Rasen to then springboard him on to Cheltenham.

"There is a bit of rain forecast overnight. It was soft when he run at Newcastle but if it was to turn heavy, whether he copes on that would be an unknown.

"He is entered in the Triumph Hurdle and he will have an entry in the Fred Winter.

"This will steer us to which route we take, but it's looking more likely that he is a Fred Winter horse than a Triumph Hurdle horse."

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