Divers (right): described by his trainer Ferdy Murphy as "very, very well"PICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
Divers and De Boitron set for Cheltenham
FERDY MURPHY hopes to be double-handed in the Paul Stewart IronSpine Charity Challenge Gold Cup on Saturday, December 15, with both Divers and De Boitron on course for the 2m5f chase at Cheltenham.
Murphy said: "I hope that both Divers and De Boitron will head to Cheltenham. De Boitron will handle softer conditions, whereas Divers really needs good ground. As long as the ground is not as soft as it was on the Saturday of the Open [meeting], Divers will definitely run.
"Divers is very, very well. We worked him on Tuesday morning and I couldn't have him in better shape so we are desperate to get him to a racecourse.
"He has won on soft ground but he is very good on a faster surface and, when you get into the top races, you want everything in your favour. His record at Cheltenham is very good and I hope that he can take his chance.
"De Boitron has been third over the course and distance and he ran well twice in the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual, which is a too short for him.
"He ran a blinder on his seasonal return at Kelso and he has improved for the outing. He is in good order and two miles five furlongs around Cheltenham will be ideal for him."
King Of Queens: returned from over three years off the trackPICTURE: Caroline Norris (racingpost.com/photos)
TRAINER Tom Mullins may run King Of Queens, winner of a valuable handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse on Saturday, in the Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday December 22.
King Of Queens, 14-1 with the sponsors for the Ladbroke, returned from over three years off the track in September and has won twice in five races since.
Mullins said: "At the moment, King Of Queens is likely to run in the Ladbroke but we will have a look at the weights and see then. I am very pleased with how he has come out of his race at Fairyhouse and he seems very well.
"He made the running at Fairyhouse but we wouldn't do that in Ascot as there will be a faster pace going on there. I think the Ladbroke will really suit him and so will better ground.
"He has certainly surprised me with how well he has come back from injury. He had to have long enough off because of tendon injures but maybe that's the key.
"He is very well bred and hopefully he will keep improving. I think he'll be up to Graded company all right but where we go after that, I don't know."