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Little Shilling: ruled out of Sussex National bid after 10lb hike up the ratings

  PICTURE: David Dew  

Vaughan forced to shelve Little Shilling plans

TIM VAUGHAN was forced to shelve plans to run prolific winner Little Shilling in the Skybet.Com Sussex National at Plumpton on Sunday following a further 10lb hike up the ratings by the handicapper.

Although the seven-year-old, who recently racked up six victories in just over a month since joining Vaughan, was last successful over hurdles just before Christmas,the handicapper took the view that his rating over fences should also be raised.

Taking all that into account the trainer, after consultation with the horse's owners,  decided that if Little Shilling is to be tried on the bigstage at the Cheltenham Festival then a slog over a distance in excess of three and a half miles off his new mark would not the best preparation.

Vaughan said: "We were always going to run in the Plumpton race and when I entered him he had a mark of 112 over fences but he has been put up another 10lbs from this weekend so it did not look as attractive off that new rating."

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