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FOR PLEASURE: Supreme 3rd could be “electric” over fences, says Alex Hales

2020 Cheltenham winner For Pleasure will test his mettle as a chaser next season, his trainer confirms

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Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle bronze medalist For Pleasure is set to embark on a journey as a novice chaser for the upcoming 2021/22 National Hunt campaign, with handler Alex Hales describing the gelding as a “star”.

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The son of Excelebration won four starts over timber last season, including the Grade 2 Supreme Trial but proved his worth in top-level company with a fine run in the 2021 Cheltenham Festival curtain-raiser, which was followed by a fifth in the Top Novices’ at Aintree.

WATCH: FOR PLEASURE SEES OFF A STRONG SUPREME TRIAL FIELD AT THE NOVEMBER MEETING [CREDIT: RACING TV]

But connections feel his future now lies over the larger obstacles, and he’ll join stable-mate Millers Bank, the yard’s highest-rated ever horse, in tackling fences this year.

Speaking at his open day, Hales told the Racing Post: “We had a cracking season with our highest number of winners and most high-profile successes, so we’re under pressure to keep going forward. We have wonderful support from old and new owners with our biggest and best team for this campaign.

For Pleasure was no match for Belfast Banter at Aintree, who landed a Cheltenham and Grand National double last season

“It’s taken a long time to build the foundations but it’s been fantastic to reap the rewards of everyone’s patience and we’ve seen a real upturn in quality.

“We’ve been on a wonderful journey with Millers Bank and he’s so exciting. He’s been brilliant in his schooling and hopefully, he can take us to the top level. For Pleasure has been a star too, he’s dynamic and great fun. If he takes to chasing he’ll be electric.

WATCH: MILLERS BANK RUNS A CRACKER TO FINISH THIRD IN THE AINTREE HURDLE [CREDIT: RACING TV]

“We always want to beat last year’s tally and there’s lots to look forward to this season.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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