GBI RACING

Sussex Ranger to earn his spurs in Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival

Sussex Ranger (right)

Sussex Ranger is likely to contest the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival rather than switching to handicap company for the Fred Winter.

The four-year-old was seriously impressive on his first two starts over hurdles and lost little in defeat at Chepstow on Saturday when second to We Have A Dream in the rearranged Coral Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle.

Trainer Gary Moore said: "They've put him up 5lb for finishing second, so he's rated 142 now and the owner is keen to go for the Triumph Hurdle.He probably won't be winning it as I don't think he can beat the horse he beat the other day, but that's where he goes."

Sussex Ranger ran a fine race behind We Have A Dream, but as that rival was not declared when the race was originally scheduled to be run on December 27, Moore was understandably left disappointed.

The West Sussex handler said: "He ran a good race. I'm just gutted the race wasn't run when it was meant to be as the winner wouldn't have been in the race."

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