Nicky Richards
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Connections of Duke Of Navan are likely to choose between the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals after the 10-year-old landed a gutsy success at Doncaster on Saturday.

The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase is the only viable target for Duke Of Navan at Cheltenham, but if a handicap at Aintree in April is the preferred option, he might first take in another race at Doncaster in early March.

“He’s fine. I’m not sure where he’ll go next, ” said trainer Nicky Richards.

“We’ve a couple of options. He could go straight to Cheltenham for the Grand Annual or he could go back to Doncaster and then on to Aintree.

“I’ll have a little chat with the owners and hopefully we’ll get it right.”

Richards has named the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase at Cheltenham as the target for Guitar Pete.

“He’s good. We’ve just started again. We’ll wait for the two-and-a-half- miler at Cheltenham,” said the Greystoke handler.

Guitar Pete won the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham in December but unseated his rider at Ascot on his latest start.