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Channon mulling Reckless run

Mick Channon is hoping Sgt Reckless could register a deserved success at the top level should he line-up for the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle.

The West Ilsley trainer will consider sending the seven-year-old across the Irish Sea if the ground is not too soft.

Sgt Reckless has acquitted himself well in two high-profile events this spring, finishing fourth behind Vautour in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham and then running second to Josses Hill in the Top Novices' Hurdle at Aintree last week.

"I was very pleased with Sgt Reckless' run at Aintree. He has come out of the race in great form and we have given him an entry at Punchestown. I would be hopeful of another good run if he went there," said Channon.

"The rain at Aintree may have gone against him a little bit, but it was jumping ground and you are going to get that most of the time. I wouldn't want it too soft for him as he is a top of the ground horse.

"He has got lots of speed and comes with one run, so he wants to get there as late as he can in his races. He's a very good horse."

There are two other British-trained contenders in a 20-strong entry - David Pipe's The Liquidator and Clever Cookie from Peter Niven's stable.

Willie Mullins is responsible for eight of the home contingent, headed by Vautour and Faugheen, who both have alternative engagements at the Festival.