Battle Group will revert to the smaller obstacles at Newbury

Last Updated: 19/11/13 1:32pm

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Battle Group: Tweaked a muscle

Battle Group: Tweaked a muscle

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Battle Group will revert to the smaller obstacles for the bet365 Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday week, as long as the ground is not heavy.

Fledgling trainer Johnny Farrelly had high hopes for the eight-year-old in the Paddy Power Gold Cup last weekend but he was pulled up after pulling muscles in his back.

Battle Group won twice in three days at the Grand National meeting in April, once over hurdles and then over fences, and Farrelly is looking for him to get his confidence back.

"He just tweaked a muscle but he's had physio and is now back riding out," said the Somerset-based handler.

"Unless it's heavy he'll go for the Long Distance Hurdle next. I just want him to get his confidence back as his jumping let him down.

"He actually jumped the first too big and landed on Colour Squadron and I think that is where he probably did it.

"In those races you can't afford to miss a beat and after that he lost his confidence and was always chasing. Brendan Powell did the right thing in pulling him up.

"We'll head to Newbury and while I know he might be outclassed, it could be a small field with a few others in the same boat.

"If he get get his confidence back by beating a few of those it will serve a purpose. There's good prize-money, too."

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