Mick Channon believes the best is yet to come from Sgt Reckless
Mick Channon believes the best is yet to come from his Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle contender Sgt Reckless.
Last Updated: 04/02/14 10:47am
Having lowered the colours of the well-regarded West Wizard at Kempton in November, he was only third behind Amore Alato back at the Sunbury track on Boxing Day.
Channon has been keen to avoid heavy ground with his charge and ran him in a jumpers bumper last week, with the seven-year-old emerging a length-and-a-half victor over Ranjaan.
"It was very difficult for the jump boys in the ground that we've got - the racing on Saturday was run in a bog," Channon told Racing UK.
"It's very hard on the horses, I've noticed that this heavy ground really does take its toll. We are trying to keep all of ours as fresh as we can for a bit later on, Cheltenham and possibly Aintree and who knows a bit later on when the ground comes a bit better.
"Most of ours want decent ground so we are hanging on to them and hoping that we can turn up at Cheltenham and you never know, you might get a bit of luck.
"(Sgt Reckless) is in the Supreme. We think he's a lot better horse than what we've seen.
"He ran very well round Kempton on Boxing Day when the ground was very soft but I promise you now, he's one of the nicest horses I've ever had. He has a great turn of foot.
"He works like a very good horse. I would love to see him on some decent ground and then we'll see how good he is. At home he's one of the best to see work every day, it's a pleasure to go out with him."