Jefferson ponders Market Rasen run for Cyrus Darius

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Malcolm Jefferson is thinking of running Cyrus Darius at Market Rasen on Saturday week to give his exciting prospect more experience following a less than fluent debut victory over fences.

The North Yorkshire trainer admitted things did not go to plan last month at Perth where the six-year-old struggled to beat Shadow Catcher by a neck when sent off 1-6 favourite against two rivals.

Jefferson wants to run Cyrus Darius, who looked something special when winning a Grade Two novice hurdle at Aintree in April, in another small race in the hope it will teach him some more about the jumping game.

“He won first time up at Perth and, all being well, he goes to Market Rasen,” he said.

“Things didn’t go the way I wanted at Perth. He made a couple of mistakes.

“I thought we’d run him in another novice and that would do him good before we think of throwing him in at the deep end.”

Oscar Rock, one of Jefferson’s more established chasers, is on course for the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on November 14 following his victory in a Listed handicap chase at Market Rasen.

“He’s come out of the race grand,” said Jefferson. “All being well he’ll go to the Paddy Power. If he runs, he’ll go there straight there.”

Another Yorkshire racing ace, Simply Ned, could tackle the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham’s Paddy Power meeting after winning the same Kelso race on his reappearance as he did 12 months ago.

Nicky Richards’ eight-year-old defied top weight and a good field to start his season in the best possible fashion.

Richards said: “I was delighted with him. It was a proper race, they went a strong gallop and I was pleased with his jumping.

“It’s hard to know if he’ll get two and a half miles.

“We’ll probably to go Cheltenham next for the Shloer like last year.”