Many Clouds misses Lexus Chase

Oliver Sherwood is to swerve an outing in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown next week with 2015 Grand National winner Many Clouds.

The possibility of heavy ground has ruled Many Clouds (r) out of the Lexus

The nine-year-old was on course for a shot at the Grade One prize on December 28 having made a winning seasonal return in a Listed contest at Aintree earlier this month.

Those plans have now been shelved with the Lambourn handler deciding not to take his stable star over to Ireland over fears of encountering testing conditions.

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Sherwood said: "There is nothing wrong with Many Clouds. If it was genuine decent ground we would have seriously thought about it but I don't want to leave the season behind in one race and the possibility of heavy ground has changed my mind.

"His trach washes were not 100 per cent. They were 99.9 per cent but when you are taking on the Irish boys in their back garden you need to be 100 per cent. He is not the best of travellers but that is not a reason why you wouldn't go.

"He will either go for the Peter Marsh at Haydock, Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham or Denman Chase at Newbury.

"He will probably take the same route as last season which is the Cotswold, then Kelso and then on to Aintree but you have got to have the other races as an insurance policy for the weather.

"The main aim is Aintree in April so we don't want to bottom him out now."

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