Cheltenham return on the cards for Un Beau Roman

Cheltenham races again next month at The International, which takes place at the Home of the Jump Racing on Friday and Saturday, December 9 and 10.

Highlights at The International include the Grade Two £130,000 StanJames.com International Hurdle, a leading trial for the Stan James Champion Hurdle at The Festival in March, and the £100,000 Grade Three Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, a handicap chase staged over an extended two and a half miles. Both contests take place on the Saturday.

The first three horses home from the highlight of The Open, the Grade Three BetVictor Gold Cup, could return to Cheltenham for the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup – winner Taquin du Seuil (Jonjo O’Neill), the second Village Vic (Philip Hobbs, who won the 2015 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, and third home Buywise (Evan Williams).

Un Beau Roman gave his trainer Paul Henderson the biggest win of his career at The Open when taking the BetVictor Handicap Chase over two miles on Friday, November 11, scoring by a head from Pairofbrowneyes under Nick Scholfield.

Whitsbury-based Henderson is eyeing a return to Cheltenham for his stable star, with the two-mile £30,000 International Handicap Chase (Saturday, December 10) the target for the eight-year-old.

Henderson commented: “I am considering the International Handicap Chase at The International for Un Beau Roman. I had a look at the race in the week and spoke to the owners. It looks like it would tie-in with his programme.

“He has come out of his win last week fine. We gave him an easy time afterwards and will crack on again next week.

“It was a great day for all of us when he won at Cheltenham, we are all still on a high about it really.

“I think he is fine with most types of ground, as long as it’s not bottomless. When he ran at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day last season (January 30), we thought he needed further so ran him over two miles and five furlongs. He travelled really well that day for two miles but then didn’t get home as the ground was heavy after a downpour in the morning.

“Over two miles, I am not too worried about the ground. He won on soft at Kempton last season.

“He ran through the summer in Ireland when he was with Willie Mullins, so we thought he was a firm ground horse when he came to us. But, summer ground in Ireland is not the same as it is here.”

Entries for the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup close on Tuesday, November 22 and will be revealed 24 hours later on Wednesday, November 23. All other races at The International close at the five/six day stage.

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