LiveScore Racing News: Haydock the likely option for Guerlain De Vaux

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18/01/202216:00
Haydock is the plan for Guerlain De Vaux
Haydock is the plan for Guerlain De Vaux

Trainer Oliver Sherwood is favouring a run in the Albert Bartlett Prestige Novices' Hurdle at Haydock for impressive hurdler Guerlain De Vaux. 

Owned by the Million In Mind partnership, Guerlain De Vaux has made a strong start to life over hurdles, recording wins at both Market Rasen and Catterick, the latter coming in a Novices Hurdle last Thursday. 

Sherwood believes those two wins have started to open doors for Guerlain De Vaux, and while a run in next week's River Don at Doncaster is not completely off the table, the Lambourn handler believes a trip to Haydock on February 19 is the six-year-old's most likely next port of call. 

Sherwood said: "The fact we've won two means we've got to go upmarket a bit now.

"The River Don has been mentioned, although I haven't had a proper chat with Anthony [Bromley, racing manager] yet, I just want to see how he comes out of his race but he seems good. 

"As the River Don is next weekend, it might just come a bit soon so we could wait for the Haydock race in the middle of February 19. 

"I think the River Don will be unlikely, he might have an entry, but I think it will be the Haydock race." 

Guerlain De Vaux was an impressive recent winner at Catterick
Guerlain De Vaux was an impressive recent winner at Catterick

Guerlain De Vaux's recent performances have also led to suggestions a trip to this year's Cheltenham Festival could be on the cards. 

However, Sherwood has moved quickly to rule out that possibility, as he feels it will come too early in the Tiger Groom gelding's development. 

He added: "He won't have an entry for Cheltenham. He's a horse who has only had three races in his life, so that would be too much."

Sherwood is also keeping his fingers crossed that Guerlain De Vaux will still be part of his stables next year, as the French horse will be heading off to the sales at the end of the jumps season. 

He said: "Like all horses owned by Million In Mind, he'll be going to the sales at Doncaster in May, which is standard.

"It's a shame but we'll have to find somebody wealthy to buy him back."

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