Roman targeted at Cheltenham
Having enjoyed the biggest win of his training career at Cheltenham earlier this month, Paul Henderson is targeting another prize at the track with Un Beau Roman at the International meeting in December.
Un Beau Roman ridden by Nick Scholfield (right) on his way to victory in the BetVictor Handicap Chase at Cheltenham
Next month's two-day fixtures features both the £130,000 StanJames.com International Hurdle, a leading trial for the Stan James Champion Hurdle, and the £100,000 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.
The first three horses home from this month's BetVictor Gold Cup at the track could return to Cheltenham for the latter race – winner Taquin du Seuil, second Village Vic (who won the 2015 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup), and third home Buywise (Evan Williams).
Un Beau Roman was last seen taking the BetVictor Handicap Chase over two miles on November 11, scoring by a head from Pairofbrowneyes under Nick Scholfield.
Now, Whitsbury-based Henderson is eyeing a return to Cheltenham for his stable star, with the two-mile £30,000 International Handicap Chase (on Saturday December 10) the target for the eight-year-old.
Henderson commented on Sunday: "I am considering the International Handicap Chase at The International for Un Beau Roman. I had a look at the race in the week and spoke to the owners. It looks like it would tie-in with his programme.
"He has come out of his win last week fine. We gave him an easy time afterwards and will crack on again next week.
"It was a great day for all of us when he won at Cheltenham, we are all still on a high about it really.
"I think he is fine with most types of ground, as long as it's not bottomless. When he ran at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day last season (January 30), we thought he needed further so ran him over two miles and five furlongs. He travelled really well that day for two miles but then didn't get home as the ground was heavy after a downpour in the morning.
"Over two miles, I am not too worried about the ground. He won on soft at Kempton last season.
"He ran through the summer in Ireland when he was with Willie Mullins, so we thought he was a firm-ground horse when he came to us. But, summer ground in Ireland is not the same as it is here."
Entries for the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup close this week on Tuesday and will be revealed 24 hours later. All other races at The International close at the five/six day stage.
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