Cyrname needs a bit of space, says Paul Nicholls as trainer ponders whether Charlie Hall Chase winner will head straight to Cheltenham
- The highly-rated nine-year-old landed the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby
- But he was pulled up in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day
- Cyrname entered in Ascot Chase but Nicholls may head straight to Cheltenham
Paul Nicholls believes giving Cyrname more space in races may be the key to getting him back to his best.
The nine-year-old landed the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby before being pulled up in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.
The trainer said: ‘I think Cyrname might want to start (his races) a bit wider. Half his problem is he gets a bit claustrophobic among other horses. That’s why he was so difficult in his early days. He might be best like at Wetherby, when he got a bit of room on the outside.’
Trainer Paul Nicholls must decide whether Cyrname will head straight to Cheltenham
Cyrname is entered in next month’s Ascot Chase but Nicholls must decide whether to head straight to Cheltenham in March.
He added: ‘He couldn’t run at Ascot and then Cheltenham. I wouldn’t be afraid to have a go in the Gold Cup.
‘He’d be an outsider but he could run a big race.’
Nicholls runs Master Tommytucker in the Ascot Chase while Clan Des Obeaux, the 2019 King George winner, goes for the Denman Chase at Newbury on February 13 before bypassing Cheltenham and being saved for Aintree’s Grand National meeting.
Nicholls-trained Bravemansgame, the Challow Hurdle winner, is to run next in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.