Tom George is looking forward to getting The Worlds End back on track in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday.

The Worlds End ended the last campaign with victory in the Grade One Sefton Novices’ Hurdle over an extended three miles at Aintree in April but things have not gone so well so far this season.

The seven-year-old ran no race on his reappearance in the Betfair Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle at Haydock in November, but performed much more encouragingly when fourth to Sam Spinner in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot last month.

“The Worlds End is in good form. We are aiming towards the Cleeve Hurdle, weather permitting,” said Slad trainer George.

“It was a good run at Ascot. The race before that at Haydock was a non-event for him and I think you can put a line through that.

“Ascot was almost like his first race of the season and he has come on a lot since then. He has been working well and it looks like he is starting to come to himself.

“He needs to improve a bit on what he has done, but he is a young horse and one of a few in the staying division that could improve some more.”