Put The Kettle On heading back to Cheltenham | Racing News

first_img– Advertisement – Sceau Royal, winner of Saturday’s Elite Hurdle for Alan King, could switch back to fences for the race, while the Philip Hobbs-trained Defi Du Seuil, who was a huge disappointment in the Champion Chase in the spring, is in line make his seasonal bow.Rouge Vif was a winner at last month’s Showcase meeting and could return to Cheltenham for Harry Whittington, with Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Ascot Chase hero Riders Onthe Storm, the Brian Ellison-trained Forest Bihan and 2019 Arkle winner Duc Des Genievres, who is now with Paul Nicholls, completing the possibles. Put The Kettle On is set to kick off her campaign in Sunday’s Shloer Chase at Cheltenham.Henry de Bromhead’s six-year-old posted a career-best effort when springing a 16-1 surprise in the Arkle at the Festival in March, adding to a previous success over two miles at Cheltenham’s Open meeting last year.- Advertisement –center_img Put The Kettle On is again due to line up at the fixture, with the mare counting among seven entries for the Grade Two heat.De Bromhead said: “She’s in great form and is due to go over to Cheltenham for the Shloer Chase. She seems to love it over there, so she’s going over there this weekend.“She’s in mighty form, working well, so we’re looking forward to that.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

John Spencer expects the next Lions coach to take a year out

first_img Press Association “We have always had a totally open mind about the appointment and still have. We have one Six Nations and a summer tour to go and a lot can happen,” Spencer said. “We look at the form of coaches in the same way as the players are examined. There is a long time to go yet. “We could well look outside the Six Nations, but I haven’t heard of any proposals for that at the moment. “We would expect them to give 100 per cent of their time to the Lions. That would be the best preparation and we are looking for best principles.” Wales head coach Warren Gatland was at the helm for the triumphant 2013 tour to Australia, but Spencer refuses to view the Kiwi as the favourite. “I couldn’t say if Warren is in a strong position. We have to keep an open mind until the last minute and look at teams in the Six Nations and summer tours,” Gatland said. “He has obviously been very successful. As far as the New Zealand tour is concerned it is a blank sheet. Everyone has to have a first tour. “If you get into the lions culture and values you can understand it pretty well from scratch.” The successful candidate and his assistants will be appointed by the board towards the end of the summer upon completion of the home nations’ visits to the southern hemisphere in June. Spencer, speaking at the announcement of Standard Life as the Lions’ principal partner, insists fortunes over the next six months will be pivotal to the decision. British and Irish Lions manager John Spencer has revealed that only a head coach able to take a year-long sabbatical will be considered to lead the 2017 tour to New Zealand. Recently-appointed England head coach Eddie Jones is an outsider, according to Spencer. “I think it would be unusual for a coach who has just come in to be suddenly considered for the Lions,” he said. “I’m not sure (Rugby Football Union chief executive) Ian Ritchie would talk to me very favourably if we suddenly asked him for a 12-month sabbatical after a couple of months in office. But anything can happen.” last_img read more