Cole Harden: could make chase debut next month
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Baxter 7:27AM 28 OCT 2016
WARREN GREATREX thinks the 2015 World Hurdle winner Cole Harden could be “a revelation” over fences as he prepares the seven-year-old for his novice chase debut.
Following the high of winning at the Cheltenham Festival, Cole Harden was unable to repeat his heroics last campaign, but still ran well on unsuitably soft ground.
He finished third to Thistlecrack in the Grade 2 Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury, and was fourth to the same rival when trying to defend his World Hurdle crown.
Now, like Thistlecrack, Cole Harden will go chasing, and Greatrex, discussing his team in Friday’s Racing Post, said: “He’s going novice chasing, but about a month ago I was struggling and wasn’t very happy with him. He’s had this ongoing knee issue that we think we’ve sorted and in the last couple of weeks we’re on a roll.
“He schooled last Friday for the first time and was brilliant over baby fences. He’ll be ready middle/end of November and it’ll be nice to get him over a fence. Gavin [Sheehan] is very confident he’ll be good over them and if he can do over fences what he did over hurdles he’s going to be a revelation.”
Greatrex is potentially well stocked with novice chasers, as One Track Mind, who won the Grade 1 Champion Stayers Hurdle at the Punchestown festival in April, is also tackling the larger obsctacles.
“They’ve got to translate that form but the signs are good and I haven’t got any fears for them,” Greatrex added. “They’re the best hurdlers I’ve sent chasing.”
Read more on Warren Greatrex’s string in Friday’s Racing Post – available on iPad