Greatrex considers Stayers’ for OTM
One Track Mind will have his chasing career put on hold until next season in order for him to have a shot at the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle.
One Track Mind
Plans are in place to give the seven-year-old an outing in next month's Rendlesham Hurdle at Haydock before tackling the Grade One contest at the Cheltenham Festival.
After landing a Grade One at Punchestown on his last start over hurdles in April – a race which could again be on the agenda in the spring – the Warren Greatrex-trained One Track Mind has failed to inspire in both of his starts over fences this season.
Greatrex said: "He is going to stay hurdling from now on. He will go to the Rendlesham.
"We are not going to gain anything by carrying on novice chasing now and it means next year we can start off afresh.
"He was second in the Rendlesham Hurdle last year and there is every chance he is a better horse now.
"He has been entered in the Stayers' but if he didn't get over the Rendlesham in time he would go straight to Punchestown again for the same race he won last year.
"He seems fine and we will play it by ear. It has disappointed me that he hasn't done it over fences as he is a horse I was excited about running over fences."
The Upper Lambourn handler could give recent Chepstow winner Shantou Bob an outing at Cheltenham later this month by stepping him up in class for the Cleeve Hurdle.
Greatrex said: "He went up 9lb and is on a rating of 146. He still has plenty to find, obviously, but he was my best novice two seasons ago. He has had his injury problems.
"If the Cleeve came up soft he would run a big race. He seems in great form and in very good nick.
"The Rendlesham could be possibility although I'm not totally convinced the Haydock will suit him, but he is a high-class horse.
"He's in the Pertemps. We've already qualified for that, but he deserves to have a crack at a big one and then we will know where we are.
"He is in the Stayers' Hurdle."
The Nipper latest
Warren Greatrex fears Listed bumper winner The Nipper may not be ready in time to run at the Cheltenham Festival.
The six-year-old could be forced to bypass a potential outing in the Trull House Stud Mares' Novices Hurdle, for which she is a general 20-1 shot, after returning with sore shins following her first victory over timber at Lingfield earlier this month.
Greatrex said: "I thought she was good at Lingfield. I thought it was good the way she was settled in behind – Richard Johnson was very taken by her and that is good enough for me.
"She came back from Lingfield with sore shins and she has had to have a bit of a break. She hasn't done anything since then. I just think she could possibly run out of time for Cheltenham now. I'd want to get another race into her.
He added: "She will be entered, but I think she is ground dependent. If it came up soft I'd look pretty silly as La Bague Au Roi wouldn't go on soft ground, so it could be a back-up plan.
"There are races in Ireland at the back of the season for this filly which could suit her, but she is a work in progress."