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Connections relishing Ranjaan return to action at Haydock on Saturday

Last Updated: 21/11/12 4:56pm

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Ranjaan: Reappears at Haydock on Saturday after setback last year

Ranjaan: Reappears at Haydock on Saturday after setback last year

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Connections are looking forward to seeing Ranjaan return to action in Saturday's Betfair Commits £40 Million To British Racing Hurdle at Haydock.

Paul Nicholls' charge won impressively at Kempton Park in December on his third start over hurdles and then enjoyed a decisive victory against his elders in a handicap hurdle at Taunton in January, when scoring by three-and-a-half lengths.

However, his season was cut short after incurring an injury on the gallops only weeks before the Cheltenham Festival.

Harry Herbert, managing director of Ranjaan's owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said on Wednesday: "The plan is to run Ranjaan in the Betfair Commits £40 Million To British Racing Hurdle on Saturday. He seems in very good form and I spoke to Paul (Nicholls) yesterday and he is keen to run.

"The injury he suffered was really mild. It was a little bit of joint concussion. He is a big, developing horse and he just got a little joint sore which is a clear sign of immaturity.

"He is over all of that now and he had plenty of rest back here at Highclere. He is ready to start his season and we are hopeful that it will be an exciting few months ahead with him.

"It could be a blessing in disguise that we missed the spring festivals with him last season because he is a massive, powerful horse, who will hopefully go through this season hurdling and then start novice chasing next year."

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