Maljimar to represent trainer Nick Williams at Cheltenham next month
Last Updated: November 21, 2012 5:05pm
Maljimar: Runs at Cheltenham next month in cross-country chase
Nick Williams is hoping to continue his rich vein of form in the Crystal Cup when Maljimar runs at Cheltenham next month.
He is on course for the final contest of the European cross-country series, the £35,000 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase on Friday, December 14.
The Devon handler clinched the trainer's title for the series, with his wife Jane taking the Crystal Cup awarded to the leading owner, at Compiegne, France, on November 16, as Sarika and Shalimar Fromento finished first and second for team Williams in the Grand Steeple-Chase Cross-Country de Compiegne.
Williams revealed: "The plan is for Maljimar to run in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase. He didn't run at Compiegne last week because we thought that having two runners in the race was enough.
"I thought that his run in the Velka Pardubicka was a massive performance. He was held up last and we didn't think that he would get the trip on the wet ground. It was a very good effort to beat a horse like Uncle Junior.
"He has been a fantastic horse in these type of races. He has won three cross country races in France over the past two years so he is quite a hardened performer now, although the Cheltenham races are the most competitive of the series.
"I think Shalimar Fromento and Sarika have done enough for the season. They are both young horses and we have the coming seasons to look forward to."