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RACING: Bradstock stars are ready to roll
10:00am Thursday 24th January 2013 in Sport
Trainer Mark Bradstock is keeping a close eye on the weather as he looks to run Carruthers and Coneygree this weekend if the big freeze relents.
The half-brothers have several entries, including on Saturday, and Bradstock is keen to send both horses from his Letcombe Bassett stables, near Wantage, to do battle.
Cheltenham have called an inspection for 8am tomorrow, with officials still hopeful the meeting can go-ahead the following day – although they are still planning Sunday as a back-up option.
Doncaster called off their meeting tomorrow yesterday, and will inspect at 2pm today for Saturday’s card.
Coneygree has won his three novice hurdles in tremendous style so far.
He holds entries in the Neptune Management Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle and the Rewards4Racing Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham, and also has the option of the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Doncaster, should racing go ahead there.
Carruthers is also in the Cleeve Hurdle, as well as the Sky Bet Chase at the South Yorkshire track.
“We are going to go where we can,” said Bradstock. “Both horses are in good form.
“If Coneygree goes for the novice at Cheltenham, he’s got that nice horse of Nigel’s (Twiston-Davies, The New One) to worry about.”
Carruthers, the 2011 Hennessy Gold Cup hero, also has the option of a race at Ffos Las – where he won on Boxing Day – the following weekend.
And Bradstock added: “We will just weigh things up and see where we can go.”
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