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Special Catch eyes Cheltenham Festival target

Last Updated: 24/01/14 3:11pm

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Special Catch could use the Betfair Hurdle as a stepping stone towards a tilt at the Coral Cup in March.

The seven-year-old showed his well-being with a solid victory over two and a half miles at Haydock last month to put himself in the frame for the two-mile-five-furlong handicap at the Festival.

One possible option for Special Catch ahead of that assignment is the valuable Betfair Hurdle over an extended two miles at Newbury on February 9 for which he is currently set to carry 10st 7lb.

"He's in good form. We're still in the Newbury race at the moment. We'll see if the weights go up there," said the Saltburn trainer.

"I plan to give him a race somewhere in early February and then go for the Coral Cup, all being well."

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