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Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Hamer will not rush stable star to make Pertemps line-up

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Debra Hamer, her husband Paul, and the 18 members of the Down The Quay Club syndicate have an anxious 58 days on their hands as they waitto find out if the ultra-progressive Tobefair will make the cut for the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival.

The seven-year-old, who won his sixth successive race at Warwick last Saturday, has been given a new mark of 134 – 53lb higher than when his winning sequence began.

However, the last time a mark of 134 got a horse into the Pertemps Final – for which Tobefair is now eligible – was in 2011.

In 2012 it took a mark of 137 to get into the race, while each of the last four years the cutoff has been 135.

But Hamer, who began training pointers in 1992 and took out her licence in 2001, is not planning to run the best horse she has trained again before the festival just to attain a higher mark.

Hamer said: "If we don't get in we don't get in. We'd like to go there but won't push it. He seems really well, he's come out of the race in good form, but it was a gruelling race. I wouldn't commit to either going straight there or having another run. If he does run it won't be because we want to go to Cheltenham – it will be because he's right to run."

She continued: "I thought he might have gone up 10lb, but 8lb is okay. It would be a shame if he didn't get a run at the festival because you want these up-and-coming horses there.

"I suppose something who finished behind him could go and win and he could go up another pound or two, or 134 could be enough this year. I'd love to go to Cheltenham, but it's not the be-all and end-all."

Hamer, who on Tuesday watched Tobefair's brother Billy Bronco, who she had to sell, win his maiden hurdle at Ayr, added: "We've always taken our time with Tobefair, so we'll make sure he's spot-on first and foremost.

"There's the consolation day at Kempton, there's Aintree, and he's only seven. A lot of young horses are rushed but taking our time with him has paid off and we'll carry on exactly the way we have been."

A lot of young horses are rushed and we've taken our time with him sand it's paid off so we'll carry on exactly the way we have been going

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