Hare may chase Doncaster prize

Ben Pauling is tempted to step A Hare Breath up in class for the Sky Bet Lightning Novices' Chase at Doncaster.

A Hare Breath could step up in class at Doncaster

The Grade Two prize on January 28 is one of two races being considered for the nine-year-old, who made a successful start to his chasing career at Bangor last month.

Pauling said: "He has been given a mark of 147 over fences after his first run, which rules him out of a lot of handicaps.

"There is a race at Leicester on the 24th for him or there is the Lightning at Doncaster. He would run in one of those.

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"Off 147 he should be competitive in the Lightning, as long as Min or Altior don't turn up."

A Hare Breath received quotes for the Arkle following his Bangor success, but the Bourton-on-the-Water handler may swerve an outing in that Grade One in favour of stepping him up in trip at Aintree the following month.

Pauling said: "The novice chase division looks an exceptionally hot one this year.

"He could quite easily turn up at Cheltenham in the Arkle for a place but he is unlikely to be beating Altior or Min."

"I think he will get two and a half (miles) in time and we could look at the two-and-a-half-mile Grade One novice at Aintree (Manifesto), but it all depends what the owners want."

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