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Tranquil Sea set Kim Muir target at Cheltenham Festival

Trainer Warren Greatrex is eyeing Cheltenham Festival glory with valiant veteran Tranquil Sea in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup following a recent success at Doncaster.

The 12-year-old had not prevailed since March 2012 before seeing off Time For Rupert in convincing fashion at Town Moor but could now be set for a fifth trip to Prestbury Park.

His record at past Festivals when trained by Edward O'Grady is not too bad, finishing eighth in the 2008 Supreme Novices' Hurdle, sixth in the following year's Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase and ninth in the 2010 Ryanair Chase.

However, his most memorable moment at Cheltenham came when coming with a smooth run to beat Poquelin in the 2009 Paddy Power Gold cup and Greatrex is hoping to turn back the clock by recapturing that sparkle.

"I'm siding with the option of going for the Kim Muir with Tranquil Sea," said the Lambourn handler. "They've put him up 9lb for last week and I just think it could be made for him.

"I don't think he'll get a run in the National. I'll still have the option of the Topham, but that trip might be too short for him, so I think 3m in the Kim Muir, with one of the top amateurs on him, is ideal.

"I think you can't get rid of class, so we'll just be mooching away at the back and then he'll come alive with a mile to go and he can get up the hill at Cheltenham, which will be quite exciting."

Greatrex is also considering his options for lightly-raced novice hurdler Cole Harden, who could go down the handicap route at the Festival rather than take on some high-flyers in the Neptune or Albert Bartlett contests.

The five-year-old built on two bumper wins by scoring at Fontwell and Newbury over timber before being far from disgraced when a distant second to Un Temps Pour Tout at Ascot, where going right-handed didn't suit as he gave up plenty of ground by jumping out to the left and taking a wide course.

"Cole Harden needs to go left-handed," added the trainer. "I tried him going the other way at Ascot and it was a fair run giving ground away to a good horse. He's in the Martin Pipe and the Coral Cup and a mark of 135 looks fair I think." 


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Tranquil Sea set Kim Muir target at Cheltenham Festival

Trainer Warren Greatrex is eyeing Cheltenham Festival glory with valiant veteran Tranquil Sea in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup following a recent success at Doncaster.

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