Click for the betting on the Jewson Novices Chase and claim your free betsHigh class novice chaser Peddlers Cross will tackle the longer trip of the Jewson Novice Chase at the Cheltenham festival.
The Donald McCain trained gelding was last seen when beaten in comprehensive fashion by Sprinter Sacre at Kempton over Christmas.
Speaking in his Betfair column, McCain said ” After a lot of discussion between myself, Jason (Maguire, jockey) and owner Tim Leslie, it has been decided that Peddlers Cross will head to the Jewson Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
“It has been a long road back from the setback he had at Kempton in December and we feel at this stage that the 2m4f event will be more beneficial to him in the long term, as we did when running him in the Neptune rather than the Supreme when he was a novice hurdler.
“Because of his problems after Kempton, we haven’t been able to school him as intensively as we would have liked and feel that going that half stride slower in the longer race makes sense.”