Master has Cleeve option

The Young Master could revert to hurdling at Cheltenham before he gears up for the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree.

The Young Master (left) could run in the Cleeve

Trainer Neil Mulholland is expected to run the eight-year-old in the Cleeve Hurdle on January 28, after which he is likely to be sent back over fences for the Grand National Trial at Haydock in February.

The Young Master won the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown last season but failed to complete on his only start this campaign when he fell at the penultimate fence in the Becher Chase at Aintree.

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Mulholland said: "The Young Master will probably have a run in the Cleeve Hurdle at the end of January as he ran in it last year.

"He will then head to Haydock for the Grand National Trial at Haydock and then go for the Grand National."

The Limpley Stoke handler hopes stablemate Carole's Destrier, who finished ninth in the Welsh National at Cheptow, can step up his Aintree ambitions at Ascot.

Mulholland said: "He didn't like the tacky ground at Chepstow but he has ran a bad race there before.

"The horse was grand but he just never got into any sort of rhythm.

"He will probably head to Ascot now for a three-mile Listed handicap chase.

"I would still like him to go for the Grand National."

An outing at Sandown on the final day of the season is the long-term aim for The Druids Nephew, who finished well held on his sole start this season at Ascot in December.

Mulholland added: "He didn't run too badly at Ascot but he has not been 100 per cent right.

"Hopefully we will get him back for the spring.

"He run well in the bet365 last year and that will probably be his big goal again.

"He may run in the Ultima at Cheltenham as well."

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