Fergal O’Brien on Persian War favourite – “He will take all the beating”

Chepstow Racecourse

Cheltenham-based trainer Fergal O’Brien is looking forward to the Grade 2 Persian War Novices’ Hurdle at Chepstow on Friday.

His progressive six-year-old gelding Courtandbould will take his chance in the race according to his trainer. O’Brien has already saddled 36 winners this season and is right at the top of the Jump Trainers Championship.

The Ravenswell Farm handler was interviewed on Sky Sports Racing on Wednesday. He thinks his horse has a chance if the ground stays on the quick side. However, with rain forecast on Thursday and Friday, it may well turn soft.

This horse is Fabulous

Fergal thinks the highly-regarded Paul Nicholls trained McFabulous will take the world of beating. He is far from the most fluent of jumpers but is a classy horse, winning a Grade 2 bumper at Aintree last year.

He said “Courtandbould will probably take his chance. There is a race at Kempton the following week but McFabulous is very good. He beat a very good horse of ours called Hurricane Harvey who won his first chase at Uttoxeter there last Sunday.”

“Paul will have him really tuned for this but we did beat him around Chepstow last year with a nice horse called Silver Hallmark.”

How will his runner fare?

“Look, Courtandbould, he is fit and ready to go. He’s race-hardy, he’s turned up at every meeting, he has had six runs for us. In five of those he has been in third and second and he has won three of them. He will be there and is in with a good shout.”

When asked if he expected the horse to make this kind of progress, he replied: “I did yes. Paddy (Brennan) told us straight a long time ago that if the ground is going to be good to soft, he is definitely a Persian War horse.”

“Look, we’re looking forward to running him and he has been a great servant to us and to Craig & Laura Buckingham. He’ll go there and give it a good shot. Conor Brace is on him because Paddy is banned but Conor rides him a lot at home.”

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