Nicholls considering King George for Dodging Bullets

Dodging Bullets: ran well at Exeter last week and could be upped in trip

PICTURE: Getty Images Nicholls considering King George for Bullets By David Baxter 9:27AM 7 NOV 2016

DODGING BULLETS could be aimed at the 32Red King George VI Chase at Kempton on December 26, with Paul Nicholls keen to step up in trip with the former champion chaser.

Winner of the two mile highlight at the Cheltenham Festival in 2015, Dodging Bullets was hampered by injury for the first half of last season and was unable to defend his crown, finishing seventh, but returned to form in his final start when third in the Celebration Chase at Sandown.

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Last week the eight-year-old filled the same position on his seasonal return in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter, a run that confirmed to champion trainer Nicholls a step up in trip is required.

Speaking in Monday's Racing Post as part of the Stable Tour series, Nicholls said: "The Haldon Gold Cup last week was an ideal starting point, although I always knew he'd find the ground quick enough over that trip [2m1½f] and he ran accordingly. He definitely needs further than two miles now."

As preparation for a potential step up to three miles in the King George, Dodging Bullets could be seen at Ascot or Huntingdon, as Nicholls added: "Future plans will revolve around races like the Amlin Chase [now the Stella Artois 1965 Chase] and the Peterborough, and I've given him an entry in the King George."

Read about the plans Paul Nicholls has for his powerful string in Monday's Racing Postavailable on iPad

Tags: Dodging Bullets | Paul Nicholls | KEMPTON | ASCOT | HUNTINGDON

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