Carole’s Spirit ’50-50′ for Cheltenham

Trainer Robert Walford remains unsure as to whether Carole’s Spirit will compete at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Carole’s Spirit had been expected to contest the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle but Walford feels further signs of improvement are needed before he decides whether or not she will head to Cheltenham.

The seven-year-old did impress in a Grade Two mares’ hurdle at Ascot on Saturday although Walford remains unconvinced as to whether the festival remains the best option for his charge at present.

“She didn’t jump that great, but it was probably the weight that beat her,” Walford is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

“We’ve a few things to try with her, but, whatever happens, she’s been a wonderful horse for me at such an early stage of my training career.

“We are giving Cheltenham thought, but probably at this stage we are 50-50 to go.

“If she goes to Cheltenham it would be for the mares’ race, but we’ve plenty to think about between now and then.”

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