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Paul Nicholls and Gordon Elliott discuss plans for the new season with Betfair

Trainer Paul Nicholls looks on at Manor Farm Stables.

Paul Nicholls and Gordon Elliott discuss plans for the new jumps racing season with Betfair, providing fans with five horses from their stable to follow.

For a number of years now, Paul Nicholls and Gordon Elliott have shared their thoughts and plans with Betfair, providing fans with a wonderful insight into their monster operations. Last week, both Nicholls and Elliott invited Betfair into their stables and provided readers with five horses to follow during the upcoming jumps season.

Nicholls was first up and he was quick to identify Danny Kirwan as one to watch. Topofthegame was next, before Nicholls pointed out Master Tommytucker and Clan Des Obeaux. Politoglogue was the final name mentioned and Nicholls revealed that he was planning to step his multiple Grade One winner up in trip and enter the King George VI Chase at Kempton.

Nicholls said to Betfair, "He had a fantastic season last year, winning four good races. Winning the Desert Orchid at Kempton and ended up winning the Grade One at Aintree at the end of the season." 



"As for this season, I think we're going to go down the option of going further. I can't see us getting a run into him before either the Betfair Chase at Haydock, which is a race I'd like to run him in, or the two-and-a-half-mile Chase at Ascot on the same day."

"I think he's a stayer. Soft ground doesn't bother him and being fresh is a big plus to him, so if we went to the Betfair Chase there would be a lot in his favour. If he's going to be a King George horse then he's got to get three miles. I'm sure he's crying out for a trip and if he gets three miles then he's going to be a very, very interesting horse."

Gordon Elliott then took his turn in Betfair's spotlight and, naturally, Samcro was the first horse on the agenda. Samcro took the National Hunt racing world by storm last season, winning strong Grade Ones at Leopardstown and the Cheltenham Festival. Even a fall on his final outing of the year at Punchestown wasn't enough to slow the Samcro bandwagon down and everyone is eager to know which route Elliott and owners, Gigginstown will take this exciting jumper down next season.

"It's still up in the air at the moment, to be honest." Elliott told Betfair. "He's in good form and cantering away. He won't be doing a fast bit of work maybe for another month.

"Obviously at some stage I'll have to sit down and talk to Michael and Eddie (O'Leary) and we'll make a decision."

When pushed as to which direction Elliott himself would like to take Samcro, the Champion Hurdle was the race at the forefront of his thoughts.

"I'd love to win a Champion Hurdle, but I only train the horse, I don't own him. I'll have to talk to the lads and see what they want to do.

"I'd love to win a Champion Hurdle, that's all I can say."



Along with Samcro, Elliott mentioned Shattered Love as a potential Gold Cup horse. Flawless Escape, Column Of Fire and Master Of Tara were the other horses Elliott chose to highlight and all three should be watched very closely.

Betfair currently list Samcro as the 7/2 second-favourite in the Champion Hurdle betting, just behind two-time winner Buveur D’Air. Samcro also features near the head of the betting for both the Arkle and the JLT Novices’ Chase, with Shattered Love a general 25/1 shot with most bookmakers in the Gold Cup betting.

Politologue can be found at odds of 14/1 to win the Betfair Chase with race-sponsors Betfair. Nicholls’ stable star is also a 16/1 shot to win the King George on Boxing Day and a 20/1 chance in the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

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