Ned eyes Leopardstown return

Simply Ned will make a return trip to Ireland on his next start as he bids to go one better than 12 months ago in the Paddy Power Cashcard Chase at Leopardstown.

Simply Ned will return to Leopardstown

After finding only Flemenstar too strong in the Grade One contest last year, trainer Nicky Richards will send the nine-year-old back to the Dublin track on December 27 to try to make it third time lucky in the race, in which he also finished third in 2014.

Simply Ned has filled the runner-up slot on both starts this term, with his most recent second coming in last month's Shloer Chase at Cheltenham.

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Richards said: "It is the obvious race for Simply Ned to go for and he has run well in the race twice before.

"He has never run a bad race and I thought he ran a very good race at Cheltenham where he has probably bumped into a good young horse on the way up. It was no disgrace finishing second to him."

Looking further ahead, the Greystoke handler is considering bypassing bothCheltenham and Aintree with Simply Ned in favour of two other end-of-season targets.

He added: "We are half-thinking of giving him a little holiday after Leopardstown and he might then just come back for the spring to have a go at the Celebration Chase at Sandown.

"It is a very good prize and we might just let the other ones knock their heads together and lock horns elsewhere. He might also have the option of going to Punchestown too."

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