Prince Of Scars a possiblefor Cleeve Hurdle

Prince Of Scars could run in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham after his victory in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown.

Prince Of Scars a possiblefor Cleeve Hurdle

Gordon Elliott’s improving six-year-old entered the picture for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle after he defeated fellow Gigginstown runner Alpha Des Obeaux by four lengths to claim his third success on the spin.

Prince Of Scars will now run in either the Cleeve at the end of the month or stay closer to home for the Galmoy Hurdle.

“Prince of Scars will be entered for the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park and for the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham,” Elliott told his Boylesports blog.

“Wherever the ground is softest he will probably go – all being well it will be Cheltenham, but if the ground is too good he mightn’t go.”

Gary Moore has warned punters Baron Alco is a “slightly doubtful” runner in Saturday’s William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton due to the forecast rain.

The five-year-old has won his last three races, including one over the same course and distance he would face if he turned up at the weekend.

But with the ground already soft at the Sunbury track and more rain on the way, Moore feels he may have to bide his time.

“I’m concerned about the ground and at this stage I’d say he’s a slightly doubtful runner,” said Moore.

“There’s a race for him at Ascot in a couple of weeks (’40 Years Of Keltbray’ Holloway’s Handicap) and we may wait for that as it could be better ground there.

“His best run was last time out and that’s the best ground he’s had this season.

“He has won on bad ground before at Fontwell and his pure ability won him that.

“It would be a shame if we did miss the race as it looks ideal for him. I wasn’t going to run him last time and go straight for the Lanzarote, but obviously I’m glad I did now if he misses this.

“They are forecast another 10 to 15 millimetres and if they get that, it will be very soft. I know it drains well but it can also get very testing.”

Harry Fry has been dealt a blow as smart hurdler Jolly’s Cracked It will not run again this season after sustaining a tendon injury.

The seven-year-old dead-heated with Sternrubin in the Ladbroke at Ascot last month.

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