Nicholls confirms Cyrname withdrawal
Top chaser Cyrname will not be supplemented for the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, Paul Nicholls has confirmed.
The Ditcheat trainer made the revelation after the seven-year-old was raised to a mark of 178, which is three pounds higher than Altior, after his 17-length success in a Grade One contest at Ascot on February 16.
It was fully expected that Cyrname would still be involved in the two-and-a-half mile contest at the Festival next month but Nicholls will instead look to an outing at Sandown or Punchestown.
He said: "He is just an enormous improver - and a bit like Clan (Des Obeaux), he has needed time to grow into his frame. He is all class.
"My dilimma is where I go with him. He definitely won't be running at Cheltenham or Aintree this season, but we will go left-handed in the future.
"For now, we will stick to going right-handed, and he will either go to Sandown or Punchestown - ground permitting. Next season, he will be trained for the King George and Gold Cup."
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