Double Ross hat-trick looks on the cards
By Gallops reporter. Last Updated: 23/01/14 4:12pm
Double Ross: Set to bid for a hat-trick
Our gallops reporter has been to Nigel Twiston-Davies' yard to check on Double Ross and The New One among others.
DOUBLE ROSS looks a horse going places and he worked beautifully at Naunton midweek limbering-up for a hat-trick mission at Cheltenham.
Nigel Twiston-Davies' gelding has shown an affinity for Prestbury Park with his triumphs in the Stewart Family Gold Cup and a handicap chase on New Year's Day.
In the main his jumping has been a joy to watch, and an early blunder last time seemed to spark him into improvement with that element of his make up getting better as the race developed.
He has taken a hike in the ratings but equally has preserved his novice status and after Saturday has an abundance of options over fences at the Festival.
THE NEW ONE will be intensively schooled in the run-up to the Festival following a last-flight hiccup that probably cost him the race in Kempton's Christmas Hurdle.
He will be allowed to chill at this traditionally quiet stage of the winter and then have his work programme stepped up towards the middle of next month.
MAHOGANY BLAZE is reverting to hurdling after failing to complete in two of his last three starts.
The veteran appears to have lost his confidence as a chaser and the next step is to get him qualified for the Pertemps Final. Hopefully he gets his chance at Huntingdon on Friday, weather permitting.
KAYLIF ARAMIS acquitted himself well to finish just out of the money in the Lanzarote Hurdle having travelled in customary smooth style for much of the way in that competitive handicap hurdle.
He's worked well subsequently and probably has a nice prize within his spectrum.
HOLLOW BLUE SKY is no star but worked nicely on the all-weather to indicate he can pick up a race in due course. He is another set for Huntingdon.