Doncaster date for Definitly Red
Definitly Red is set to race in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster next month as he continues his preparations for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The eight-year-old returned to winning ways earlier this month in a Grade Two at Aintree, having been defeated in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on his seasonal return.
And, on the back of that success, trainer Brian Ellison is looking to the Gold Cup in March, amongst other options, but feels a January 27 outing at Doncaster will help with his plans.
He said: "He did it well at Aintree and Danny (Cook) said he had loads left. He will go for the Sky Bet at Doncaster now.
"Phil Martin (owner) was talking about that as he likes it there and the horse won well there last season.
"He will have an entry in the Gold Cup and Grand National and he will go for one of them, or he might go for the Bowl at Aintree. He is only rated 3lb below Might Bite so he is in that bracket.
"He only went up 1lb for winning at Aintree. He has been fair on him as the second and third probably didn't stay on that heavy ground.
"He does not mind heavy or soft ground. He is such a lovely-moving horse and when it is heavy he can go through it.
"He doesn't like it tacky which it was at Wetherby, and like what it was when he unseated at Haydock last season."
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