Richards harbouring Irish Arkle ambitions for Reivers Lad

Nicky Richards has grand plans for Reivers Lad

Nicky Richards is eyeing a crack at the Irish Arkle with his promising novice chaser Reivers Lad.

The eight-year-old returned from an almost two-year absence to win a hot novice chase at Newcastle last month.

Richards – a regular visitor to Ireland’s big meetings with Simply Ned – will hope his next race at Ayr goes well before the Dublin Racing Festival.

“He’ll go somewhere with a penalty before going up in class,” said Richards.

“I wanted to run him this weekend, but I wouldn’t insult him running him on the ground we have at the minute, because as everybody knows he was returning from an injury at Newcastle.

“The plan now is January 20 at Ayr, hopefully they’ll have a bit of juice in the ground up there.

“He may go to Ireland after that for the Irish Arkle, but that is all fancy planning, we’ll see. He won well, but you soon get dragged back to reality in this game.”