Open Eagle is expected to race at Warwick before any firm decisions are made regarding The Cheltenham Festival. Supreme racing manager, Steve Massey, has every hope that the seven year old will run well at the midlands course.
Open Eagle could find himself facing a Cheltenham Festival run if he can show his team that he has what it takes to be a consistent winner.
Massey believes that a return to Warwick in a Novice hurdle is the ideal next entry for the Mullins trained bay gelding. Speaking of the horses’ last outing at Warwick Massey said:
“He made up a lot of ground there last time. Thomas Hobson went a long way clear, then at the last it looked like we might win, but Thomas Hobson picked up again.”
The Supreme racing manager went on to say:
“He’s beaten some good horses at Kempton and Warwick – he finished in front of horses rated 140 at Kempton yet he rated 137, which is OK. The novice entries are closing and he’ll have entries in those, but we’ll see how he gets on next time before we make any firm plans.”
Massey believes that the ground conditions need to be just right in order for them to see what they need to from Open Eagle. Previously, in flat races Open Eagle has won on heavy ground, however, jumping on heavy ground is an altogether different story. Firmer ground is essential if the seven year old is to make his mark.
Fans will be watching Open Eagle very closely, in the hopes that they will see him at the festival this March. The potential winner could be set for a superb season. Let’s hope that Massey gets to see what he needs to from his horse.
Author Lisa Wood
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