See More ready to do the business

SEE MORE BUSINESS is reported to be in fine form as he prepares for his attempt to win the John Hughes Rehearsal Chase at Chepstow for a fourth time.

The 13-year-old took the prize in 1997, 1998 and again last year. He may also have won in 2001 but for falling at the second-last.

“He’s in really good order. He’s working well,” said trainer Paul Nicholls.

“He’s running this weekend off a 3lb higher mark than when he won the race last year, he’s a year older, and it looks a hot race.”

The Ditcheat trainer has no plans to retire the 1999 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner just yet.

“He won two good races last year,” he said. “As long as his enthusiasm’s intact and he’s enjoying himself, we’ll give him just a couple or three runs at the most.”

Nicholls confirmed that Thisthatandtother, who made such a big impression in a novice chase at Cheltenham last month, is likely to go for the Extraman Trophy at Sandown on Saturday.

“We were originally going to run Le Duc but he had a tiny little setback when he slipped at Cheltenham and he tore some muscles in his shoulder,” he said.

“He’s not going to be ready, so we decided to run Thisthatandtother. He’s in good order.”

But Nicholls is unlikely to run Cornish Rebel, a good winner at Chepstow last week, in the William Hill Winter Novices’ Hurdle at Sandown on Friday.

“I’m not sure if he’s a horse who wants to run that close. He wants a nice gap between his runs and we may wait for the Challow Hurdle at the end of the month.

Nicholls also reported Strong Flow to be in excellent heart following his impressive win in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup.

“It’s amazing. It doesn’t look like he’s had a race. He’s in good order and we’ve just got to keep him like that,” he added.

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