Cleeve Hurdle: Cheltenham return in the offing for Paul Nolan’s Pertemps Final heroine Mrs Milner | Racing News

Paul Nolan is considering a Cleeve Hurdle run for Ms. Milner before she bids for a second win at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Mare Flemensfirth won the Pertemps final at the flagship in the Cotswolds last March and was an excellent star of the new campaign when she picked up a Listed award in Limerick in October.

Nolan admitted he was disappointed after his charge only managed to finish fourth in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury on his last appearance, but is confident he will bounce back.

Mares’ stumbling block will be his Festival focus this time around, as he may return to Prestbury Park first for Festival Trials Day later this month.

Nolan said: “She got into her shell a little after her last run in Newbury. She took more away from her than we thought.

“She didn’t run to the limit and Bryan (Cooper) was never happy with her. Obviously there must have been something background.

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Brian Cooper celebrates as Mrs Milner is brought back to Cheltenham

“We hope to see a different mare the next day. She’s great at home again and has put on some weight.

“The plan is to go directly to Cheltenham for the Mares’ Hurdle or to go there with a ride first in the Cleeve Hurdle in Cheltenham.”

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