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Paul Nicholls says Haldon Gold Cup will be ‘very informative’ for Hitman and Greaneteen chances

Paul Nicholls says Haldon Gold Cup is the ‘perfect race’ and hopes it will be ‘very informative’ for Hitman and Greaneteen Grade One opportunities

  • Nicholls believes Greaneteen needs to race before he can compete at the highest level
  • Veteran coach said Hitman has the ‘right profile’ to impress in season two
  • Hitman finished second behind Protektorat in the grade one race at Aintree last year
  • The Haldon Gold Cup has been Hitman’s target since last season, Nicholls said.


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Paul Nicholls believes Tuesday’s Haldon Gold Cup will be “very informative” as Hitman and Greaneteen strive to become true Grade One champions this season.

The duo appear to give their coach absolute dominance in this afternoon’s six-runner feature in Exeter and Nicholls put out an optimistic bulletin about the chances of Hitman, who ended last season chasing Protektorat at home in the Grade One company in Aintree.

“He’s got the right profile as a rookie in season two and he’s gaining 17 pounds from Greaneteen, so it’s a good starting point for him,” Nicholls said.

Paul Nicholls believes today's Haldon Gold Cup will be 'very informative' for two of his horses

Paul Nicholls believes today’s Haldon Gold Cup will be ‘very informative’ for two of his horses

Greaneteen strives to become true Grade One activists this season

Greaneteen strives to become true Grade One activists this season

Greaneteen strives to become true Grade One activists this season

He is fit and well, and I hope he runs very well. It’s a slightly shorter ride than the one he took last season, but he’s not lacking in speed.

It could be argued that at Aintree, two and a half miles was far enough for him. But now he’s a stronger horse and the ride should be fine.

He wants to win this if he goes down Tingle Creek, but this will tell us a lot about where we go next.

The coach said the Haldon Gold Cup will be 'very informative' for Hitman and Greaneteen

The coach said the Haldon Gold Cup will be 'very informative' for Hitman and Greaneteen

The coach said the Haldon Gold Cup will be ‘very informative’ for Hitman and Greaneteen

Nicholls believes Greaneteen (right) needs a career before competing at the highest level

Nicholls believes Greaneteen (right) needs a career before competing at the highest level

Nicholls believes Greaneteen (right) needs a career before competing at the highest level

It will be very informative.

“Since the end of last season this has been his goal and hopefully he is up for the task and I think he will run the best two-mile races later in the season.”

Nicholls added: ‘Greaneteen always needs a race to compete at the highest level. This is the perfect race. ‘

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