Vaughan bullish over Swnymor
WELSH trainer Tim Vaughan believes Swnymor can keep the big prize at home in today's Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow.
A useful performer on the level for William Haggas, for whom he earned a rating of 87, Swnymor made an ultra-impressive hurdling debut at Newbury in December when winning by 11 lengths.
"He's a horse we like a lot and he won very nicely on his first run for us at Newbury," Vaughan said.
"This is obviously a big step up in class and whether he's ready for it at this stage of his career, who knows? But he will love the ground. I think he deserves a crack at it.
"I hope he can run a big race. I think he could be the real deal."
John Ferguson's Ruacana, a decent handicapper on the Flat for Michael Bell, made a winning hurdling debut at Catterick but takes a giant leap up in class.
"I know a Grade One is a long way removed from a novice hurdle at Catterick but he has done well since, so I thought he had nothing to lose," said the trainer. "He had experience of soft ground on the Flat for Michael Bell so I'm not too worried about that."
Paul Nicholls, who remarkably has never won the Grade One, runs the French import Caid Du Berlais, which will be making his British debut.
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