Trainer hopes Knight will Pass Ascot test

Repeat bid: Knight Pass ridden by Paddy Brennan (centre) wins the Bet with Williamhill.com on your mobile handicap hurdle at Kempton Park on Boxing Day.                      Picture:  Steve Parsons/PA Wire.
Repeat bid: Knight Pass ridden by Paddy Brennan (centre) wins the Bet with Williamhill.com on your mobile handicap hurdle at Kempton Park on Boxing Day. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.
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Warren Greatrex will wait and see how Knight Pass performs at Ascot on Saturday week before committing him to a target at the Cheltenham Festival.

The smart bumper performer made a winning start to his career over obstacles at Wincanton, before finishing third behind subsequent winners Tetlami and Black Thunder at Sandown.

The six-year-old returned to the winner’s enclosure with an impressive performance in handicap company at Kempton on Boxing Day and Greatrex is looking forward to running his charge in the Holloway’s Hurdle at Ascot next.

“I’m very happy with him at the moment. He had a quiet few days after Kempton, but he’s back in full work now,” said Greatrex.

“The form of his run at Sandown looks pretty good now. He was giving weight to the first two and both have won since.

“He’s going for an open handicap at Ascot a week on Saturday and he should get in that off a nice weight off mark of 135.

Gordon Elliott has warned punters Champion Bumper ante-post favourite Don Cossack is “very doubtful” to make the journey to the Cheltenham Festival.

Since finishing fifth on his debut last spring, the five-year-old has turned in two impressive performances this season, winning by a full 18 lengths at Naas before landing a Grade Two prize at Navan last month.

Both Stan James and bet365 have the gelding at the head of their market for the big bumper at Cheltenham, but Elliott does not believe it is the right way to go with his exciting youngster.

“He’s fine, but I’d say it’s very doubtful he’ll go to Cheltenham,” said Elliott.

“He’s done very well to win his two races this season, but he’s nice horse with a big future and he’ll either have just one more run this season or he won’t run at all.”