A decision has yet to be reached as to Ashkazar's Cheltenham Festival target as David Pipe has yet to make a decision as to which race he will go in. Ashkazar finished fourth to Alan Kings progressive Franchoek in a Grade One at Chepstow in December, the four-year-old was a good winner of a novices hurdle at Sandown at the beginning of the month. Im not sure which race Ill run Ashkazar in yet. Ive got to speak to the owner, David Johnson, because Im not sure if he likes the JCB Triumph Hurdle that much. Ashkazar is in the Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices Hurdle as well and I expect that well enter him in handicaps too, so hell have plenty of options. Well see closer to the time but hes come out of his Sandown race in good form.
One of the David Pipe's horse that will be seen at the festival is Acambo who is aimed at the Arkle Chase. He got the season off to a perfect start, winning a beginners chase on his debut over the larger obstacles but had a run over hurdles on his most recent start after taking a fall on his second outing over fences. Acambo will hopefully have a run before The Irish Independent Arkle Chase for more experience. He had a run over hurdles for a confidence booster after his fall.