Albertas a possible for Cheltenham run

CONNECTIONS of Albertas Run are eyeing a tilt at the Letheby & Christopher Chase following the eight-year-old’s fine second in the King George VI Chase at Kempton last month.

Jonjo O’Neill’s Royal & SunAlliance Chase hero had disappointed on his first two starts of the campaign but bounced right back to form when finding only Kauto Star too strong in the Boxing Day showpiece.

The gelding is now set to further test his Cheltenham Gold Cup credentials at Prestbury Park on January 24 and Mick Meagher, racing manager to owner Trevor Hemmings, reports him to be in fine form at home.

“We’ve had a look at the Letheby & Christopher Chase and it is a definite possibility for Albertas Run at the moment,” said Meagher.

“He will also probably be entered in the AON Chase at Newbury and he will run where the ground is better.

“He’s fine at the moment and seems to have come out of his run in the King George in good order. I was delighted with his performance there and it was great to see him back doing what he should be doing.

“We had an excuse for his poor run in the Hennessy because the ground was too soft for him but we weren’t fully certain that the going was the whole problem. He jumped far better at Kempton and he’s much more effective on a decent surface.

“The Gold Cup is the obvious aim afterwards. He’s won twice at Cheltenham so far in his career and he would go into that race as a live outsider.

“We have to take on the likes of Denman and Kauto Star otherwise it would just be a two-horse race.”

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