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Karabak: next race could be either the Cleeve Hurdle or World Hurdle

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Karabak could head straight to Cheltenham

KARABAK, who ran a highly creditable race when second to Big Buck's in the rearranged Racing UK On Virgin 536 Long Walk Hurdle at Newbury on Tuesday, could head straight for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, trainer Alan King revealed.

The seven-year-old finished three and ahalf lengths adrift of the exceptional Paul Nicholls-trained hurdler at Newbury, and could renew rivalries in either the Cleeve Hurdle or World Hurdle.

Quoted on his website, King said: "Karabak travelled so well, and in beating Diamond Harry again he has run to his Ballymore Hurdle form from last March.

"We will have a look at the Cleeve Hurdle, in which we could meet Big Bucks 8lb better, but Karabak is definitely best fresh, so we could well go straight to the festival for the World Hurdle."

For Voy Por Ustedes, who ran well in the Lexus Chase before fading into sixth, the plan is to drop back in trip with the Ryanair Chase the nine-year-old's festival target.

King added: "We won't be persevering over three miles - the Ryanair Chase will be his Cheltenham Festival target, and we'll freshen him up for that and decide nearer the time if we need a prep-race."

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