Ar Mad
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Ar Mad is set to revert to handicap company following his third-place finish in the Tingle Creek at Sandown last month.

Gary Moore’s charge was sidelined for the best part of a year after finishing fourth in the 2016 Tingle Creek and was pulled up on his return to action in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter in November.

He showed his true colours on his return to Sandown, however, when he picked up minor honours behind Politologue and Fox Norton.

Moore is now keen to lower Ar Mad’s sights in an attempt to get him back on the winning trail.

The West Sussex handler said: “Ar Mad is in good form and I think we’re going to run him in a handicap at Sandown on February 3. That’s the plan.”

One Moore inmate set for a more imminent appearance is exciting bumper horse The Flying Sofa.

The five-year-old son of Sholokhov was thrown in at the deep end on his racecourse debut at Ascot last month, but justified the decision when third in Listed company behind leading Champion Bumper candidate Didtheyleaveuoutto and Newbury sales race winner Bullionaire.

Moore added: “He could run at Newbury next Wednesday or we could wait for the bumper at Fontwell the following Sunday.

“We want to try and get a win into him if we can and then go for a decent bumper after that.

“The owner likes having runners at Cheltenham, so the Champion Bumper could be a possibility if he wins next time.”