Trainer Nicky Henderson has the valuable Greatwood Handicap Hurdle in mind as a starting point for Apple's Shakira, who was a leading juvenile hurdler last term.
Carrying the colours of owner JP McManus, the 4-year-old filly won her first three starts and was fourth in the (Grade 1) Triumph Hurdle back in March, and went on to finish third in the (Grade 1) Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Hurdle at Aintree a month later.
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"Apple's Shakira is in good form and the Greatwood Hurdle is a potential target," said Henderson.
"She started last season in great form with three victories at Cheltenham. She was too keen in in the Triumph Hurdle.
"She had a good summer and came back in great shape."
Charli Parcs, also owned by McManus, could also appear in the Handicap contest at Cheltenham next weekend.
"Charli Parcs could go for the Greatwood. He is a talented horse and things didn't go the right way for him last year. I think he is capable of winning a handicap hurdle," said Henderson.
The Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle will take place at Cheltenham on November 18.
Published at 9:55 am.