George confirms Come On Teddy

Trainer Tom George

Trainer Tom George has confirmed Come On Teddy will be heading to next week’s Cheltenham Festival, but Bun Doran will swerve the prestigious meeting.

The Stroud handler boasts an impressive record at the Festival having led Summerville Boy to victory in the 2018 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, 16 years on from his success with Galileo in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.

Come On Teddy is likely to be George’s main hope of landing another Prestbury Park success this year, with the impressive eight-year-old having followed up a victory on his chasing debut at Uttoxeter in December with strong showings at both Cheltenham on New Year’s Day and Newcastle on his most recent outing.

The Noel Fehily Racing Syndicates-owned gelding holds entries in both the Ultima Handicap Chase and the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap Chase at the Festival, and George has confirmed his charge will be heading to Prestbury Park this month, with a run in the latter race appearing his most likely port of call (Come On Teddy 16/1 to win Fulke Walwyn).

“He is entered in both the Ultima Handicap Chase and the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap Chase,” George was quoted as saying, as per Racing TV.

“However, I don’t know if he will get into the Ultima. We will have to wait and see.

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“The plan is to run at Cheltenham, regardless. We are very happy with him and he is in good form.”

While Come On Teddy is on track for the Festival, George has confirmed another of his yard, Bun Doran, will not be heading to the Cotswolds despite his victory at Doncaster on Saturday.

The 11-year-old claimed the fourth chasing success of his career when triumphing in the extended two-mile Virgin Bet Handicap Chase on Town Moor, prevailing by a neck from Dan Skelton’s King D’Argent.

That had heightened expectations Bun Doran could run in the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase on the second day of the Festival, but George has now confirmed he will instead hand the Crossed Fingers Partnership-owned gelding a rest before plotting his next move.

“He won’t be going there, but he did well,” George said on Bun Doran’s Cheltenham plans.

“It was a good day for him. He probably won’t go to Aintree either. He is an old boy who owes us nothing, so we will probably wait and see, take our time and see what pops up for him. We don’t have any firm plans for him.”

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Author: Lucas Carlson