PAUL NICHOLLS is wanting ahead to an enormous second half of the season from King George winner Clan Des Obeaux.
The Ditcheat inmate was electrical within the Grade 1 contest and his coach believes he can proceed to enhance.
Half-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, the six-year-old travelled supremely properly all through the celebrated race and solely needed to be requested to win it as he jumped the final.
All prime degree races can now be thought of, although Nicholls is taking it slowly and would not wish to rush his star gelding.
He advised Sky Sports activities Information: “It is like a mid-season Gold Cup in impact, the very best chasers – the very best of the very best – and to maintain producing younger horses via the ranks that may win, that’s implausible for the group, the homeowners and everybody concerned.
“The horses that have been behind him – Gold Cup winners, King George winners – he is a younger, enhancing horse that is going the suitable means.
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“We’ve always thought he was very, very good – it was just a matter of him getting experience and coming along quietly – and he showed how good he was on Boxing Day.
“He (Ferguson) knew at half-time – Ged rang him. He’s obviously very excited about it, as are Paul (Barber) and Ged.
“Paul was, of course, involved in my first King George winner (See More Business) – and that was his third King George. We’ve got to try to win a third Gold Cup for Paul now if we can, and I’d like to think this horse might get there.
“He’s put himself firmly in position to have a chance, and now we’ll have to think where we go from here to Cheltenham – whether we run him beforehand somewhere. I don’t want to get involved in a fight somewhere, like with Native River at Newbury before the Gold Cup – that would be pointless.
“So we’ve got to map out a plan – if we went there fresh and well it wouldn’t matter. But we’ve definitely got to give him a go (in the Gold Cup).
“We’ve got some really smart young horses that have come from three-year-olds onwards and it’s really exciting to be back there with some really nice horses.”