Connections yet to finalise plans for Vibrato Valtat

Vibrato Valtat Horse Racing

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Dan Downie, racing manager for owners Axom, has confirmed that connections are yet to decide if Vibrato Valtat will run in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham.

The seven-year-old is currently entered for the race which takes place on March 16 during the Cheltenham Festival.

At present, Un De Sceaux leads the entries after his impressive six-length victory in the Racing Post Arkle Trophy last year, but the rest of the field will also offer plenty of competition.

As well as Un De Sceaux, trainer Willie Mullins has entered Vautour, Champagne Fever, Felix Yonger, Twinlight, and Mozoltov.

Dodging Bullets, Sire De Grugy and Sprinter Sacre will also come up against Vibrato Valtat if he runs, which Downie insists is a possibility due to his other options at Cheltenham.

The grey gelding has been entered into the Ryanair Chase the day after the Queen Mother Champion Chase and Downie admits they are yet to make a decision.

He said: “We have been pleased with Vibrato Valtat since Kempton and he will probably go to Ascot a week on Saturday for the Clarence House Chase.

“He is in the Champion Chase and Ryanair but we are undecided about which we are going for yet. I suppose things like the ground will come in to it.

“We feel that two-and-a-half miles or even further might be his trip ultimately. I remember when he won the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown, Noel Fehily got off and said he would get three miles. We haven’t gone that far yet but I would not rule it out in the future.”

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