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Nicholls confirms Cyrname withdrawal

27th February 2019, 10:25 by Craig Smithson

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."

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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