Pauling targets Catterick prize

High Bridge bids to preserve his unbeaten record over hurdles when he runs at Catterick on Thursday.

High Bridge (black silks): Finished sixth in the Champion Bumper

Ben Pauling's charge, who was sixth in last season's Champion Bumper at Cheltenham when trained by John Ferguson, made a successful debut over smaller obstacles at Newbury last month.

Pauling wants to give him this experience in a two-mile novice chase before stepping him up in class.

"He is a very nice horse and he has come on a lot for the run at Newbury. I am very excited about him," said the Bourton-on-the-Water trainer.

"It is important Alex (Ferguson, jockey) and the horse get there together.

"Going for the Tolworth on his second run over hurdles would have been quite a tough ask for the horse and for Alex as he has not ridden in many top-class races.

"I just think another run in a novice under a penalty is more suitable. It may be after that we look at something like the Dovecote."

Amongst High Bridge's 13 rivals is the Alan King-trained Top Tug.

Formerly with Sir Michael Stoute on the Flat, the six-year-old made a wininng hurdles debut at Kempton in November but has since been beaten at Huntingdon.

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