Wholestone aimed at Albert Bartlett

Wholestone will head to the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival without another run.

Daryl Jacob riding Wholestone

Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies had mooted the possibility of giving the six-year-old a prep run after his victory at Cheltenham on Saturday, but he will now go straight back to his favourite track in March.

His weekend success was his third win at the home of National Hunt racing this season, with two of those triumphs coming over three miles.

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"He's a horse who has been handled expertly by Nigel Twiston-Davies," said Anthony Bromley, racing manager to owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede.

"He's done a great job with him and while he held an entry at Doncaster over three miles, Nigel was very keen to stay at Cheltenham with him, and once again he was proved correct.

"The idea now is to go for the Albert Bartlett. He's won over three miles twice and has won at Cheltenham three times so we're happy to keep going there.

"He won't run again beforehand and his form ties in very closely with West Approach, who finished third in the Cleeve.

"Those two look to be the two leading British contenders for the Albert Bartlett."

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