Cotton Mill, one of last season’s leading novice hurdlers, is reported to be in good shape ahead of seasonal reappearance at Newbury on Saturday.
The six year old, trained in Cowlinge by John Ferguson, will make his eagerly awaited return to the track in the Grade Three Betfair Hurdle.
In his latest outing at Aintree in April the son of Tiger Hill was seen finishing third behind Lovcen in the Grade One John Smith’s Sefton Novices’ Hurdle over three miles.
“Cotton Mill has been doing very well at home and is ready to run on Saturday,” said Ferguson.
“He hasn’t been out so far this season as there have only been a few contests open for him and most of those were run on heavy ground, which is something I didn’t want to run him on.” It looks set to be a busy Saturday for Ferguson after he confirmed that both Buthelezi and Ruacana are likely to head to Leopardstown to contest two Grade One races.
“Both Buthelezi and Ruacana are well and have done nothing wrong at home. Touch wood, both will run in Ireland on Saturday,” said Ferguson.
A trip to either the Cheltenham or Aintree Festival could now be on the agenda for Bordoni, who opened up his account over hurdles at the third time of asking at Market Rasen on Tuesday.
“Although Bordoni did not beat a great deal on Tuesday we were very pleased with how he did it,” said Ferguson.
“The festivals are a huge step up for him and we will map out a plan for him over the next 10 days.”