Tingle Creek target for Saint Calvados next season

SAINT CALVADOS may have the Betfair Tingle Creek at Sandown as a serious target next season on his first marketing campaign over fences in open firm.

Harry Whittington has confirmed that his thrilling novice chaser has been put away for the rest of the marketing campaign.

 Saint Calvados to be put away for the remainder of the season

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Saint Calvados to be put away for the rest of the season

The 5-yr-previous suffered his first defeat since shifting to Britain when ending fourth within the Arkle on the Cheltenham Pageant final week.

"I feel he dealt with the event nicely and he was excellent earlier than the race. He was very skilled and also you couldn't fault any of that," stated Whittington.

"In a great world he would have gotten a simple lead however that was not the case. They went very exhausting and it was onerous sufficient for a horse of his age to try this towards a horse like Petit Mouchoir. Aidan (Coleman) did the best factor with him to ease him house.

"Crucial factor is that he has come again in a single piece. It was not ideally suited how the race panned out however he didn't have a really onerous race and he has come out of it in nice situation with no scratch on him. That's him accomplished for the season.

"I feel the Tingle Creek can be on the forefront of our minds next season. We’ll let Andrew and his staff get collectively in the summertime to make agency plans. Whether or not we absorb one thing like a Haldon Gold Cup earlier than, I'm unsure.

"Next yr we will area his runs out properly as much as Cheltenham between October and March."

Whittington might run Merely The Betts at Aintree within the Grade One Prime Novices' Hurdle on April thirteen after he completed down the sector within the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

"He hated the bottom at Cheltenham however he stayed on all the best way to complete mid-division. Sean (Bowen) stated the bottom was too tender," stated Whittington

"He’s a really robust horse and we’ll maintain him on the go. If the bottom dries out, we’d contemplate operating him within the two-mile Grade One there.

"If he wins nice, but when he will get beat he’s nonetheless a novice for next season. He might nicely be one tailored for these priceless two-mile handicaps next season."

SAINT CALVADOS may have the Betfair Tingle Creek at Sandown as a serious target next season on his first marketing campaign over fences in open firm.

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