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Red Risk wants to win the Coral Cup at Cheltenham.

Red Risk of Middleham Park Racing will compete in the Coral Cup after a near-miss in the Lanzarote Hurdle last month.

The eight-year-old horse trained by Paul Nicholls was just one head away from being unbeaten this season after winning easily at Newbury and earning a silver medal at Kempton.

In a grueling renewal of the prestigious handicap, he increased 5 pounds for that second, and the son of No Risk At All and winner West Balboa finished four lengths ahead of the remaining four finishers.

However, Freddie Gingell gained a significant 7 pounds at that time, and his claim is going to be used once more at the Cheltenham Festival in an effort to offset Red Risk’s burden in a contest that will be extremely competitive.

“Red Risk goes to the Coral Cup with Freddie on board again,” said Tom Palin of Middleham Park Racing.

“He should have won the Lanzarote when going down by a short head – I still think he won it!

“I thought Freddie gave him a peach, an absolute peach and was just unfortunate he came up just a tiny bit short. I could see him staying the two-mile-five in the Coral Cup up the Cheltenham hill really well and then he will go for a Grade Two at Auteuil in June.

“He’s just a couple of pounds short of being a genuine Grade Two horse, but I would hope he would get those pounds in the Coral Cup. I could see him being in the Relkeel Hurdle and races like that next season.”

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