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Court team ponder quick return

Champion Court could head to Cheltenham on New Year's Day after unseating his rider at Kempton in the King George VI Chase.

The eight-year-old could bid for compensation in the 50,000 Fairlawne Handicap Chase over two miles and five furlongs.

Trainer Martin Keighley said: "We will see how Champion Court comes out of the King George, but if all is well with him, he could run at Cheltenham on New Year's Day.

"Although he only got as far as the fifth, he didn't do himself any favours by running and jumping round for a circuit after he had lost his jockey! He seems OK though."

One horse that is definitely heading to Cheltenham on Wednesday is Coyaba, who runs in the concluding 20,000 Listed EBF High Sheriff Of Gloucestershire's" Junior Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race over an extended mile and six furlongs.

The son of Midnight Legend has won impressively on both his starts, scoring by seven lengths at Ffos Las on November 10 and by four and a half lengths at Towcester 20 days later.

Keighley continued: "Coyaba is a real nice horse and has done everything right in his two runs so far.

"He worked well this morning and the plan is now to go to Cheltenham on New Year's Day with him.

"If all goes well then, we would probably then give him a break with a view to bringing him back to Cheltenham for the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at The Festival."

The going at Cheltenham is currently Soft, Good to Soft in places, with the weather forecast remaining unsettled.

Simon Claisse, Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing at Cheltenham, said today: "The forecast is for light rain over the weekend, with some heavier rain predicted to arrive on Monday."