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Mulholland may take the long route

January 07, 2015 08:36:22 UK

Trainer Neil Mulholland is weighing up a decision on whether to send the promising The Young Master for the four-mile National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

The Young Master has been one of the key headline-makers of the season to date, having won three of his four stars and been disqualified from first place in the other.

He’s rated 151 now and won’t run again between now and Cheltenham, where he’ll have two entries – the RSA Chase and the four-miler.

Neil Mulholland

After winning at Worcester under AP McCoy in September, the five-year-old showcased his ability by winning an Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase at Cheltenham in October.

From there it was on to Wincanton where he led a field of 17 rivals a merry dance to come home first in the Badger Ales Trophy. He lost the race after it was found he hadn’t run in the required three chases needed to line-up.

Despite going up in the weights for that effort, he once more had too much for his rivals in a three-mile Listed contest at Ascot in December.

Mulholland says he will now go straight to Cheltenham, although he remains undecided on whether it will be the three-mile RSA Chase or the four-mile National Hunt Chase.

“He’s rated 151 now and won’t run again between now and Cheltenham, where he’ll have two entries – the RSA Chase and the four-miler,” Mulholland said.

“We’ll see which way we go nearer the time. It’s still a long time between now and the Festival and there are a lot of bridges to cross between now and then.”

The Young Master is 11.00 to win the RSA Chase and 11.00 to triumph in the National Hunt Chase.

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