Former World Hurdle winner Cole Harden (33/1 – 2017 RSA Chase outright) has come through his chasing bow unscathed and is set for a run over three miles at Lingfield in January before a potential charge at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival.

The seven-year-old was somewhat disappointing in his last outing at Wetherby over the weekend, as he finished second behind Its’afreebee.

Experienced trainer Warren Greatrex has no immediate plans to revert Cole Harden back to hurdles and now the focus is on getting the talented runner to make the step up in trip.

Although the hander was slightly underwhelmed with his charge’s efforts at Wetherby, Greatrex was pleased to see Cole Harden (25/1 – 2017 World Hurdle outright) come through unscathed after his previous knee surgery and now all eyes are on Lingfield before a potential run at Prestbury Park.

He said: “Initially I was disappointed. I never felt he had any fluency there, but I think in hindsight I was a bit harsh.”

He added: “His jumping was okay but not smashing, when we step him up in trip he will have more time. He is a work in progress.

“The main thing is he has come back sound and the knee that was operated on seems fine.

“He is very happy in himself and there is a race over three miles at Lingfield on January 5. The only thing is the ground could be soft enough, so we will play it by ear.”

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