Nicholls issues Triumph warning

Paul Nicholls has warned he faces a race against time to get Cliffs Of Dover ready in time for a tilt at the JCB Triumph Hurdle at next month's Cheltenham Festival.

Cliffs Of Dover: A doubt for the Triumph Hurdle

The four-year-old has won six times already this season, most recently lifting a Grade Two event at Doncaster in December.

However, Nicholls reports the Canford Cliffs gelding to have suffered a knock in training and admits he could be facing an uphill battle to get to the Festival.

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Nicholls said: "He knocked himself the other day. I schooled him just before he was going to go to Musselburgh.

"It might be a race against time to get him there. If he doesn't come right, he will have to go to Aintree.

"He is a decent horse and has won six. We've placed him quite well, but he is a good horse.

"If we can't quite get him back this season for whatever reason, he will back next season and he really wants looking after."

Cliffs Of Dover is around 16/1 for the Triumph Hurdle.

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