Exciting Charli Parcs takes Adonis test with Cheltenham target up for debate

Fri 24 Feb 2017

Charli Parcs gets the chance to confirm the big impression he made on his British debut in the BetBright Genius Adonis Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton.

Successful at the Sunbury venue over the Christmas period, Nicky Henderson had been keen to run the JP McManus-owned four-year-old at Cheltenham last month, but he was withdrawn on account of the ground.

McManus also owns the the current Triumph Hurdle favourite Defi Du Seuil, who did run in the Cheltenham race and won.

The speed Charli Parcs possesses means he is also high up in the betting for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, and McManus has run four-year-olds in that race before, most noticeably Binocular, who was beaten by Captain Cee Bee in 2008 in the same colours.

Henderson trained Binocular, who won this in 2008 before his Supreme run, while he has also taken it with subsequent Champion Hurdle hero Punjabi and Triumph Hurdle victors Katarino and Soldatino in recent years.

He said: "I'd like to run him in the Triumph, I must admit. He is quick. He is a proper four-year-old hurdler. He has got to go do it on Saturday, for sure, but he does do everything right and looks the right type for it.

"You go into the Supreme and you do get allowances, but I'd like to go into the Triumph.

"They've (McManus) got a number of horses that will come into a number of categories for the Supreme as well. He has got to play his team as he sees fit. No doubt we will put them in the right place. That is probably not my call, but I see him as a very good four-year-old."

Henderson is also represented by Percy Street, while Master Blueyes takes on Charli Parcs again for Alan King, who also runs Fidux, twice a winner already over hurdles.

"I was thinking of giving Cheltenham a miss with Master Blueyes and keeping him back for Aintree, but he bounced back so well after winning at Ludlow a fortnight ago that we have decided to test the water with him here. Fidux won his first two races and was not disgraced though beaten next time at Musselburgh," King said on his website.

Evan Williams is convinced his Evening Hush is better than she showed when second to Defi Du Seuil in the Finale Hurdle at Chepstow.

"I have a lot of respect for the winner, but I'm convinced she's better than she showed there," he said. "Part of me thinks she might not be a Cheltenham horse and that she could be better on flatter tracks."

Venetia Williams runs a new French import in Ibleo, with Gary Moore saddling East Indies and Templier.

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