Smad Place impressing on his British debut at Newbury in NovemberPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Triumph hope Smad could return at Chepstow
SMAD PLACE, as short as 8-1 second-favourite for the JCB Triumph Hurdle, could bid to cement his status as one of the leading four-year-old hurdling prospects in Chepstow's Coral Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle on Saturday.
The Smadoun gelding, who won by 27 lengths on his British debut at Newbury in November, was due to return to that track last month, but was ruled out after scoping unsatisfactorily.
Quoted on his website, trainer Alan King said: "I was just not happy with hisscope on the morning so we took him out. It was nothing major, but you can't take any chances.
"We'll have him scoped again this week, and, depending on how he shapes up over the next few days, he could go to Chepstow, though it is not certain."
Smad Place was on Monday among 13 horses, including Triumph favourite Sam Winner, entered for the Grade 1 Finale.
Chepstow's meeting was switched from December 27 after that date was lost due to the weather.
The 32 horses confirmed for the Coral Welsh National at the five-day forfeit stage before Christmas remained on course for Saturday's feature.
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