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Nolan looks to Jewson with Prince

Paul Nolan will aim Noble Prince at the inaugural running of the Jewson Novices' Chase rather than the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival.

The seven-year-old has finished second on his last two starts to Realt Dubh, both at Grade One level. However, those were over two miles and Nolan is keen to step him up in trip.

"Noble Prince is going for the Jewson and not for the Arkle and the step up in trip is what we've decided. I was very encouraged by his last run and I hope that better ground will suit," said Nolan.

"The last day we thought that he would go past Realt Dubh but that fellow rallied, although I was happy that he improved from the five-length gap between the two from three weeks before.

"I would hope that he can use his speed better on better ground and that the step up in trip will help him avoid a flat spot in a race when the others quicken and he should be able to travel sweeter.

"I've always thought that he is a middle-distance horse."

As a result Paddy Power make Noble Prince their 7-1 favourite for the Jewson.

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