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Cantlow to go up in trip

Cantlow is set to step up to three miles after staying on strongly to take second behind Double Ross at Cheltenham on Saturday.

The Paul Webber-trained eight-year-old showed smart form over that distance over hurdles, including when placed in the both the Grade One John Smith's Sefton Novices' Hurdle and the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham.

He has generally been campaigned at shorter distances over fences and his one effort over further at Aintree in April did not work out.

However, he was reported on Sunday to have taken his exertions over two miles and five furlongs in the Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup very well.

"He's absolutely grand. He ate up last night and he's a tough warrior," said Webber.

"He made a mistake (seven out) but you are not going to meet every fence in every steeplechase spot on - that's what happens. I think the winner made his fair share as well at one point.

"He ran well and he's come on from Newbury, which was a good effort. He dealt with those horses again despite going up in the weights and hopefully he'll still be on the improve for a little bit.

"We have no targets at the moment. We will have to wait until Tuesday to see what the handicapper reckons, but obviously stepping up to three miles may well help things in the future.

"We know he stays three miles - his best race over hurdles was at that trip. That's still to come. We will just take little steps."