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Simply Ned is likely to travel to here next to take in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown on December 27.

Simply Ned is likely to travel to here next to take in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown on December 27.

Beaten only by Uxizandre in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham last month, trainer Nicky Richards feels he is worth another crack at the highest level. After taking a quiet route last season, he found just Balder Succes too good as a novice at Aintree and could meet his Cheltenham conqueror again.

"He was only a 130-rated hurdler but he's improved with every run over fences," said Richards.

"Both times we've dipped our toe in against the big boys we've been beaten by one of Alan King's, Balder Succes at Aintree and Uxizandre at Cheltenham.

"I'm half-thinking we'll take him to Ireland as I want to keep him left-handed for now and there's nothing for him over here.

"We may go the other way round with him at some stage but for now I'll stick to what we know.

"The only other two-mile race at Christmas now, since they got ride of the old Castleford Chase at Wetherby, is at Kempton and that's right-handed."


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