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Rocky Creek

Connections of Rocky Creek have warned it is still a possibility the young chaser could miss the Cheltenham Festival in favour of Aintree.

Paul Nicholls' gelding has impressed in his last two starts at Doncaster and Warwick and is set to take in the Sodexo Prestige Reynoldstown NovicesĀ“ Chase at Ascot on Saturday week.

Although entered in both the John Oaksey National Hunt Chase and RSA Chase, Nicholls could adopt the approach taken with Silviniaco Conti last year, bypassing Cheltenham after the Reynoldstown and waiting for Liverpool.

Joint-owner David Johnson said: "I'm not sure where we'll go with him. He's a young horse, inexperienced but improving all the time.

"I've got to have a proper chat with Paul and (fellow owner) Andy Stewart to see what they want to do, but they might want to go to Ascot and then Aintree and give Cheltenham a swerve."

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