Cheltenham aim for Colonia

O'Meara given Festival aim

Last Updated: 23/11/11 10:36am

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David O'Meara's Greatwood Hurdle fifth Viva Colonia could return to Cheltenham for the Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle in March.

O'Meara set the six-year-old a test by running him in the Greatwood earlier this month and showed he was worth his place in competitive handicap hurdles by finishing fifth to Brampour.

"We wanted to see if he could act round there and be competitive off his mark. He did both, so that was good," said O'Meara.

"He's not a horse you can run too often, so he may go for something over Christmas or in the new year, then go for something like the County Hurdle.

"You'll have to look at races like the Totesport Trophy, Imperial Cup and County Hurdle."

O'Meara introduced a promising recruit in Chancery, who made a winning debut in a bumper at Haydock on Friday.

"He was a bit green on the day but to win like he did he must be OK," added the North Yorkshire-based handler.

"Sometimes you don't know what to make of these three-year-old bumpers first time out, but they can only beat what's there.

"He'll have another run in a bumper, whether it be at Wetherby or at Cheltenham on New Year's Day."

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