Sky Sports Racing’s Kieran O’Sullivan received the views of main Irish coach Henry de Bromhead final week on his string of Grade One stars.
Minella Indo (8-y-o – Rating: 175)
Target – King George VI Chase (Kempton, December 26) or Savills Chase (Leopardstown, December 28)
“Ultimately, it is Cheltenham in March for him. He thrives on his racing – he had a pleasant run the final day at Down Royal.
“It was possibly a bit too quick for him and he was a bit ring rusty but he’ll come on a lot for that run. We have him pencilled in the Savills Chase or the King George and we’ll see nearer the time where we will go.
“They are so laborious to win any of those races, wherever. It’s an iconic race, taking nothing away from the Savills Chase as that could be a good race as effectively.
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De Bromhead has stated the King George VI Chase in addition to the Savills Chase could possibly be potential Christmas targets for Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Minella Indo
“But the King George is an iconic race and you do not usually get alternatives or get horses who’ve an opportunity in it.
“He may not have the profile of a King George horse but we certainly want to keep the option open. We’ll weigh it up between now and then.”
Envoi Allen (7-y-o – Rating: 163)
Target – John Durkan Chase (Punchestown, December 5)
“The plan for him is to go to Punchestown for the John Durkan and he’s also entered at Kempton for the King George so we’ll see but we are certainly aiming for the John Durkan at the moment.
“He’ll inform us how good he could be. He was good up the north so he is again on observe for us. We’ll see how he progresses so I’m not going to make any predictions, however he is been a beautiful horse and we’ll take every race because it comes.
Envoi Allen appears to be like set to soak up the John Durkan Chase at Punchestown earlier than doubtlessly stepping as much as three miles in the close to future
“He’s got a lot of class and pace and looked very effective over two-and-a-half at Down Royal, but at some point we’ll have to step up to three miles.
“I’m undecided when that can occur, nevertheless it’ll be someday quickly.”
Put The Kettle On (7-y-o – Rating: 159)
Target – Queen Mother Champion Chase (Cheltenham Festival, March 16)
“She appears to like Cheltenham and she was unbeaten there until the Shloer the different day. I assumed she ran a really comparable race to the one she ran final 12 months however the floor was quite a bit slower and it was more a take a look at of stamina.
“She received an opportunity to return again at them whereas they had been simply too fast this 12 months.
De Bromhead has declared himself happy with the reappearance run of Put The Kettle On in the Shloer Chase, with the fast floor to not his star mare’s liking
“She’s a lady you don’t like to tell to do too much but she’ll click into mode again and we look forward to another big year from her.
“We are pleased with the run the different day. You at all times wish to win however there was two superb horses forward and the floor slowed them down final 12 months.”
Honeysuckle (7-y-o – Rating: 165)
Target – Hatton’s Grace Hurdle (Fairyhouse, November 28)
“She labored rather well the different day and we’re aiming for the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle together with her at Fairyhouse.
“She’s won it the last two years so hopefully things will go well for her and we’ll get a good run there.”
Unbeaten Champion Hurdle winner Honeysuckle is all set to return this weekend in the Grade One Hatton’s Grace Hurdle
Captain Guinness (6-y-o – Rating: 153)
Target – Tingle Creek Chase (Sandown, December 4) or Hilly Way Chase (Cork, December 5)
“We let Rachael [Blackmore] ride him how she wanted to and he was really good the other day the first run back.
“He’s entered in the Tingle Creek and the Hilly Way and I’d think about we are going to hold him to 2 miles and we’ll take a look at the choice nearer the time.”
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Minella Times (8-y-o – Rating: 159)
Target – Grand National (Aintree, April 9)
“We never believed we could’ve [won the Grand National]. It’s just been incredible and I still find it hard to believe we’ve won the National.
“Rachael was good on him and for the McManmakes use of to personal him – it was simply a type of good days.
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Quilixios (4-y-o – Rating: 150)
Target – Champion Hurdle (Cheltenham Festival, March 15)
“Rachael was brilliant on everything she rode at Cheltenham like him.
“He was disappointing the first day however we expect he had a tooth problem so hopefully that has put that to mattress now.”