Moon Dice: last year's Galway Hurdle winner will revert back to hurdlingPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Moon Dice in great shape for Racing Post Hurdle
PAUL FLYNN thinks it will be a a much improved Moon Dice who bids to improve on last year's fourth in the Grade 3 Racing Post Hurdle at Cheltenham on November 18.
Despite winning over fences at Cork last month, Flynn is eager to bid for another big prize over hurdles with last year's Galway Hurdle winner.
"We were going to stick to chasing with him but he seems a much better horse this year so I wanted to give him a crack at the Racing Post Hurdle before probably going back chasing," said Flynn on Thursday.
He added: "He ran well in the Racing Post Hurdle last year but had a problem after that which we didn't detect - it was some sort of blood disorder - and it has taken him until now to get right.
"He ran well last year off a similar mark but I think he is a lot better than he was then. He was a bit unlucky in running last year and the race doesn't look any stronger, so I think he has good chance. The faster the ground, the better for him."
The market for the Grade 3 event is headed by Darlan at a general 5-1, with Moon Dice rated a 20-1 chance.
Zuilder Zee: easy winner of last year's November HandicapPICTURE: Getty Images
FIRST MOHICAN is now as short as 3-1 favourite (from 4-1) with Boylesports following the final declarations for Saturday's Betfred November Handicap which were revealed on Thursday.
A field of 23 are set to go to post for the last major prize of the Flat season, won in recent years by Zuider Zee and Times Up.
First Mohican was mooted as a possible Derby contender after making a winning debut at Yarmouth back in 2010 but had to miss his Classic year through injury.
The now four-year-old has maintained his unbeaten record with two victories since returning to the track this year.
He's been popular with punters since this market opened and David Williams of Ladbrokes expects his current price [7-2 with Ladbrokes] to shorten further before Saturday.
He said: "Favourite backers are already getting stuck into First Mohican and he seems likely to go off a shorter price than is currently available."
Godolphin play a strong hand in the race after declaring the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained trio Retrieve, Songcraft and Darley Sun, as well as Samba King, trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni.