Green light for Moon Racer

09 February 2018 04:11:07 EST

David Pipe has given Moon Racer the go-ahead to resume his career in Saturday's Betfair Hurdle at Newbury.

The 2015 Champion Bumper hero has not been sighted this season after suffering from a bout of colic last summer.

He made a bright start to his hurdling career last season, winning at Perth before taking a Grade Two novice event around Cheltenham in November.

That was enough for Pipe to allow him to line up in the Champion Hurdle, where he was pulled up as Buveur D'air won. Moon Racer's season ended with another below-par showing in Grade One novice company at Aintree.

While the Pond House handler admits his nine-year-old will improve for his Newbury run, he insists that 25/1 chance Moon Racer is ready to do himself justice in Britain's richest handicap hurdle.

If all goes well, Moon Racer will be heading for the Cheltenham Festival once more next month.

"We are going to let him take his chance. He is in good order and Tom Scudamore schooled him last week. We are pleased with him but, at the same time, he will come on for the run. He has had plenty of work and we have been pleased with what we have seen over the last ten days," Pipe said.

"I think he is fit enough to do himself justice and obviously there is a nice time between Newbury and Cheltenham. I am surprised we have got him back as quick as we have as he had colic in the summer. Everyone has done a fantastic job with him and he looks very well."

The Peter Atkinson-trained Irish Roe is 9/1 to win the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday while in-form Jenkins is trading at 10/1 for champion trainer Nicky Henderson.

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