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JLT plan for Master Dino after Plumpton win

7th January 2019, 10:07 by Craig Smithson

Master Dino is likely to feature in the JLT Novices' Chase at Cheltenham in March following his successful run out at Plumpton.

Guillaume Macaire enjoyed his first win on English turf since December 2012 as the five-year-old French favourite enjoyed a seven-length win over Knocknanuss in Sunday's Follow At The Races On Twitter Novices' Chase.

And, with Sandown's Scilly Isles next on the list for Master Dino, Macaire revealed he will then enter him into both the Arkle Trophy and JLT at Cheltenham, but the two-and-a-half mile latter race appears to be the one he will aim for.

He told Sky Sports Racing: "The next step is Sandown, then the middle distance (JLT) at Cheltenham.

"In my opinion, the Arkle could be too fast for him. He used to be a bit keen at home, but I've worked a lot on relaxing him - so now he won't understand if we ask him to do that.

"We've worked many months to have a horse able to manage his potential himself - so it would be silly to try to do the reverse.

"I will enter him anyway in the Arkle, but the target is the middle distance. That's the logical (step)."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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