Leading novice chaser Peddlers Cross will have his final start of 2011 n a two-mile novice chase at Haydock on December 17, when he will bid to complete a hat-trick over fences.
The Donald McCain trained gelding has made a deeply impressive impact over the larger obstacles and is currently favourite for the Arkle Chase at Cheltenham in March.
McCain feels that his latest victory on Saturday is just what the gelding needed as they build up towards Cheltenham. “He learnt plenty on Saturday, it was just what he needed,” said McCain.
“We’re thinking of taking him to Haydock in three weeks. If we can get the three races in and the weather turns then we are well ahead of schedule, then one run before Cheltenham.
“He had a good blow on Saturday, which he didn’t have in his first race over fences. He didn’t do enough to have a blow then.
“He jumped at speed a bit more and learnt plenty and that’s what we needed to do.”