GBI RACING

Nigel Hawke mulling handicap and Graded possibilities for Speredek

Speredek Nigel Hawke is considering a handful of options for stable star Speredek.
The seven-year-old won for the fifth time in his last six outings at Sandown last Saturday and holds an entry in the Grade One Royal Salute Whisky Clarence House Chase on January 20.
"The problem, if that is what it is, is that he has to go right-handed and he needs soft ground," said Hawke.
"He's in the Clarence House and it will probably be a small field. He's gone up 10lb for winning so he's 145 now and he's entitled to have a crack at a good race.
"The problem with that is it's only two weeks away, so it is coming up quick enough.
"There are handicap options for him at Sandown and Wincanton or we could wait for the Ascot Chase on February 17.
"This horse has already won over three miles so the next step will be to go up in trip with him.
"Because the Ascot Chase is quite near to Cheltenham, and we won't be going there, it can tend to cut up, but that is also true of other races around that time so it's a difficult one, we need to choose the right option.
"What I would hate to happen is to run a big race in a Grade One, finishing second or third, but go up another 10lb and ruin the chance of another handicap.
"It's a nice situation, but a difficult one."

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