Next Sensation could head straight to Cheltenham

Last Updated: 24/02/14 3:12pm

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Michael Scudamore: Trains Next Sensation

Michael Scudamore: Trains Next Sensation

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Next Sensation is unlikely to run on the jumpers' bumpers card at Lingfield on Wednesday.

Michael Scudamore's seven-year-old has won three of his last four races, shooting up the handicap as a result.

Careful not to run him on the soft ground through the winter, Next Sensation has not been risked by Scudamore since beating God's Own, who finished second in a Grade Two at Kempton on Saturday, at Doncaster in December.

But Scudamore said: "He's probably doubtful to go there (Lingfield on Wednesday). We may instead look to give him a racecourse gallop towards the end of the week.

"We're happy with him, and he has a lot of entries at Cheltenham. I see he's shortest in the betting for the two-mile handicap (Grand Annual) so that might be an obvious route.

"We wouldn't want to run him on anything too soft, but he's had a nice break since Doncaster and I wouldn't be worried about going straight there (Cheltenham) without another run.

"God's Own boosted the form at the weekend, but the difficulty is whether the handicapper has it right and there is still more improvement from him."

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