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Nicky Richards has high hopes for Ayr scorer Better Getalong

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Nicky Richards is keen to get plenty of racing into Better Getalong after taking his record to two from three over hurdles at Ayr on Tuesday.

The seven-year-old's sole defeat this season came behind Slate House in a Grade Two at Cheltenham when he was far from disgraced.

The Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso on February 15 and the Premier Hurdle on March 3 at the same course have been mentioned as targets but he could even head to the Borders track before then.

"I'm not sure what we'll do yet, we'll just let the dust settle," said Richards.

"I might take him to Kelso for a novice hurdle before the Morebattle or the Premier Hurdle.

"We'll just see how he is. He seems OK. It didn't take much out of him on Tuesday.

"He's a fine, big horse and a bit of a playboy - he does nothing in his races.

"I'd be very surprised if he's not better on better ground, but nearly all his races have been on soft.

"He's a good horse and in the early days when you are not against the best you can get away with it.

"He's a proper chaser but I want to get some racing into him this year. He's had three runs but he's turned seven already."

Guitar Pete, winner of the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham last month, remains on course for the £75,000 bet365 Handicap Chase at Ascot on January 20.

"I'm still thinking Ascot, all being well," said Richards.

"They are running well so let's hope it continues."