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Next Sensation kept on ice for Festival

Last Updated: 07/01/14 3:46pm

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Michael Scudamore: Trains Next Sensation

Michael Scudamore: Trains Next Sensation

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Next Sensation is unlikely to run again before the Cheltenham Festival, with the Arkle Trophy "an option" for the rapidly-improving chaser.

Michael Scudamore's seven-year-old won at Plumpton in October off 105 and hacked up over Christmas at Doncaster off a mark of 133.

"The owners are keen to run at Cheltenham so I'd be surprised if he ran before then," said the Herefordshire trainer.

"He'll have entries in the Grand Annual, the Arkle and possibly one over two and a half miles.

"He'd have plenty to find in the Arkle, but it might be like last year. If Champagne Fever and Rock On Ruby run there might not be many others. If that looks like being the case, then the Arkle is certainly an option.

"He's gone up a fair bit but he was impressive so it was to be expected and I hope there's still more to come.

"We always hoped he'd be decent and when Tom (Scudamore) sat on him in his early days he said he was the best we had. But for one reason or another it just took him a while to settle into our regime.

"Now he's enjoying life and as a young horse we hope he keeps on improving. He won a point-to-point so we know we've got the option of stepping up in trip eventually, but he's showing a lot of speed at present."

Scudamore also houses Grand National candidate Monbeg Dude, a pleasing winner of the Grade Three Majordomo Hospitality Handicap Chase at Cheltenham in December.

The trainer said: "Monbeg has a few options - there's the Grand National Trial at Haydock (February 15) or the Grimthorpe at Doncaster (March 1), but nothing is set in stone.

"Hopefully he'll get a nice weight for the National but we all need to sit down and decide what is best to do.

"We've haven't got that many jumpers but it's nice people can see we can produce the goods with more than one horse."

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