Wholestone winning over fences
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Wholestone could return to Cheltenham on New Year’s Day for the Grade Two Dipper Novice’s Chase, after his success there at the November Meeting.

Nigel Twiston-Davies is considering dropping the eight year-old down to 2 ½ miles, telling Press Association:

“Another novice chase will be difficult to find with him, because he will have two penalties now, although he will probably have another entry at the next Cheltenham (in December). There is always Kempton (at Christmas) – but we don’t think he is as good right- handed, and we would prefer to stay left.

“There is absolutely no problem with two and a half, because he has plenty of speed. He was tanking through the race last time, so he could come back for that (Dipper). That could be the one for him.”

Another of the yard’s stable stars, Al Dancer, could have a mini break ahead of a run in the Grade Two Ladbrokes Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase at Kempton on December 27th.

Last season’s Betfair Hurdle hero was beaten fair and square by Put The Kettle On in the Arkle Trial at Cheltenham on Sunday.

The Cotswolds trainer said: “He was probably giving 10lb to what was a very good horse. He beat the one they all said was going to beat him (Getaway Trump). I think he ran a very good race again. She (winner Put The Kettle On) could be very good – and let’s hope that’s what it is.

“That (Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown) will probably be too soon. He has had two races now, so he probably wouldn’t go there. We have Kempton (Wayward Lad) – and we could go there.”