Red Sherlock could run at Cheltenham on Saturday
Last Updated: 22/01/14 11:24am
Red Sherlock: Set to run on Saturday
Red Sherlock could bid to extend his unbeaten record to six in the £30,000 Grade Two Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle over an extended two and a half miles at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day on Saturday.
The David Pipe-trained five-year-old captured bumpers at Towcester and Ascot last season, and opened his account this term in the Listed Fairlawne - Festival Jockey Club Fine Dining Bumper at Cheltenham in November.
He has also made an impressive start to his hurdling career, scoring by 14 lengths at Southwell and three and three-quarter lengths at Wetherby, both at around two and a half miles.
Pipe reported: "Red Sherlock is a possible runner in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle. We will see how he is later in the week and make a decision on Friday.
"He has come out of his win at Wetherby fine. He didn't do much there and just had a canter round.
"He has beaten nothing in his two starts over hurdles, but has been very impressive. He jumped straight at Southwell and I think you will find in a better race he will jump straighter."
The 13 entries also include lightly-raced five-year-old Aubusson and Creepy, who have both annexed Neptune Investment Management series races at Cheltenham this season, with Aubusson scoring on New Year's Day and Creepy capturing a Grade Two contest in November.
Ireland's champion trainer Willie Mullins has entered Renneti, second in the Grade One Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse in December, and Rathvinden, while dual hurdle winner Irish Cavalier and Sandown scorer Vaniteux are also engaged.
Last year's renewal produced two Cheltenham Festival winners with the winner At Fishers Cross going on to land the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle and the runner-up, The New One, taking the series finale.