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Malcolm Jefferson to target Aintree with Arkle runner-up Cloudy Dream

Monday 20 March 2017

Malcolm Jefferson

Malcolm Jefferson has confirmed Cloudy Dream will bid for Grade One glory at Aintree following his fine effort in the Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival.

The seven-year-old ran a fine race on his preferred better ground to finish second behind Altior and will now go for the Manifesto Novices' Chase on April 6.

"He's in grand form and he'll go to Aintree," said the Malton handler.

Jefferson has ruled out next month's Merseyside meeting for Cyrius Darius after he was well beaten in the Champion Hurdle.

"He won't go to Aintree," said the trainer.

"If he runs again this season it might be at Ayr (for the Scottish Champion Hurdle).

"He might need a bit more time, that's all. I just thought he was a bit light."

Jefferson is set to drop Double W's down in trip after he ran out of stamina in the closing stages of the Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase over two and a half miles.

"He ran a great race but didn't quite get home. He might go to Liverpool for the Red Rum Handicap Chase (at Aintree)," he said.

"We'll see how he is. There is a race at Ascot (April 2) he could go for, a novice handicap we are thinking about. We'll have a look."

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