Pauling hopes for Lightning Hare

View from connections ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Lightning Novices' Chase at Doncaster.

A Hare Breath has been sound since Monday

Ben Pauling is hoping A Hare Breath being forced to miss an intended engagement at Leicester on Tuesday could be a blessing in disguise.

The nine-year-old met with a minor setback which prevented him from taking on Romain De Senam at the East Midlands track, but Pauling reports all to be well now to allow A Hare Breath to run in the Sky Bet Lightning Novices' Chase at Doncaster on Saturday.

It will be A Hare Breath's second start over fences after he got off the mark first time at Bangor seven weeks ago.

"He had a corn in his heel on Monday night, hence he didn't run on Tuesday, but he's been perfectly sound on it since," said Pauling.

"He seems in good order and there are only four runners. I'd like to think he'd be very competitive."

Cloudy Dream won his first races over the bigger obstacles at Carlisle and Haydock before finishing a fine second to the highly-regarded Buveur D'Air at the latter track six weeks ago.

Trainer Malcolm Jefferson gave him a break after that and reports Cloudy Dream to be ready to return to the fray.

"He's in good order and we're quite happy with him," said the North Yorkshire handler.

"He has won on soft, but he is a better horse on better ground.

"He had a little break after Haydock and we've got him back in grand nick."

Trainer Brian Ellison has grounds to believe Forest Bihan can acquit himself well. He too has won two of his three outings over fences at Towcester and Newcastle.

His only defeat came behind the Jefferson-trained Waiting Patiently at Newcastle.

"It's only a small field but it's a good race," said Ellison.

"He hasn't done much wrong, he's in good form and will enjoy the ground. I'm quite happy with him.

"He's got decent form in the book – he's a good horse."

The quartet is completed by the Paul Nicholls-trained Marracudja.

Since winning his first two races over fences at Newton Abbot and Cheltenham, he has been put in his place by Altior at both Sandown and Kempton.

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