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Paul Nicholls backs Stage Star to impress in the Paddy Power New Year’s Day Handicap Chase at Cheltenham

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  • Paul Nicholls has backed Stage Star to continue good form at Cheltenham
  • The 7-year-old is three from three in chases at the Gloucestershire racecourse

Paul Nicholls believes the Paddy Power New Year’s Day Handicap Chase at Cheltenham is the ‘perfect race’ for dual Grade One winner Stage Star ahead of his shot at the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Stage Star is three from three in chases at Cheltenham. His wins include the Turners Novices’ Chase at the Festival and the Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase in November.

Nicholls said: ‘He loves it around there. I’ve no idea why, although he does like going left-handed. I do like to run good horses off big weights in handicaps.’

Paul Nicholls has backed Stage Starr to continue its impressive form at Cheltenham



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