Exotic Dancer: three possible targets for Lexus Chase winnerPICTURE: Caroline Norris
Connections mulling over options for Exotic
THE Aon Chase at Newbury next month is under consideration for Lexus Chase winner Exotic Dancer, although connections will not decide on a definite target until ground conditions are clearer.
The Jonjo O'Neill-trained nine-year-old also has Cheltenham's Letheby & Christopher Cotswold Chase on January 24, and the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown on February 8, as options.
Barry Simpson, racing manager to owner Sir Robert Ogden, said on Thursday that a choice would not be made before he had had a chance to speak to O'Neill and Paul Nicholls, after which an assessment of the weather would be undertaken.
Simpson explained: "Exotic Dancer came back from Leopardstown in great form but we can't make firm plans because there are several factors to discuss.
"Exotic Dancer has had his niggling back problems, which are constantly monitored, so we need to keep those inmind, as well as ground conditions and the possibility of abandonments.
"There's another pleasant complication in that Sir Robert's Star De Mohaison could be aimed at the same races Exotic Dancer could go for. Until I've talked to Paul Nicholls about his programme, I can't make any decision for either."
He added: "What does look certain is that both will be given entries for the Cotswold Chase, the Aon and Irish Hennessy. Both prefer going left-handed and all those races are on left-handed courses.
"We would like to keep them apart, but that might not be possible, with cancellations always likely during the winter."