Cheltenham aim for unbeaten Scorpion hurdler Casual Approach

Trainer Gordon Elliott is targeting Cheltenham’s October meeting with Casual Approach (6g Scorpion-Lead’er Inn, by Supreme Leader) after the six-year-old made it two from two over hurdles at Navan on Saturday.

The Scorpion gelding, bred by Philip and Mrs P Heaney, was having his first run since April when getting up to win the Albany Hurdle under Bryan Cooper.

“He’s a nice sort and I wasn’t sure he’d be fit enough today, so it was a nice surprise. We are going to bring him to Cheltenham next month as he’s qualified to run in novice hurdles until the end of October,” said Elliott. “He’s a grand, big horse. The plan was to drop him in and I think he’ll come on from that.”

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