A SUSTAINED gamble ensued in the lead up to A Hare Breath’s convincing, if not emphatic, win at Cheltenham last month and there is clear hope a 12lb rise will not prove enough to stop the talented seven-year-old following up on his return to the track on Friday.
“He came out of his last race brilliantly and done everything right at home,” he said. “He didn’t win all that far but the 12lb rise was as expected. He’s a big powerful horse so he should carry the weight no problem.The 2m½f handicap hurdle certainly rates a step up in class, with the progressive Kayf Blanco and Solstice Star, dangerously handicapped Olofi and last year’s winner Starluck all lining up, though the regard in which trainer Ben Pauling holds A Hare Breath speaks volumes.
“This will give more of an indication of just how good he is. I wouldn’t rule out anything yet. This is his novice season so at this stage I wouldn’t be afraid of going down that route further down the line.”