Rawnaq in line for Ladbroke tilt
Last Updated: 30/11/13 9:52am
Rawnaq (left): Heading to Ascot
Rawnaq could return to Britain for The Ladbroke at Ascot next month following a fine effort in the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Trainer Matthew Smith is considering the big handicap hurdle at the Berkshire track on December 21 after the six-year-old finished third behind Dell' Arca in one of the most competitive races of its type in the first half of the campaign.
"I was delighted with him at Cheltenham. He didn't surprise me - I expected a big run," said County Meath-based Smith.
"I had expected a big run in the Galway Hurdle but he came back sick. He was only beaten 13 lengths there, but he was a fairly sick horse.
"We got him back and gave him two runs on the Flat to sharpen him up and he ran a good race in the November Handicap at Leopardstown before he went to Cheltenham.
"We're going to give him an entry at Ascot. There doesn't seem to be a lot for him over here at that time.
"All being well we'll bring him back for The Ladbroke."