Don Bersy's connections took the bold move of bypassing this year's Cheltenham Festival and his trainer Tom Symonds is hoping the impressive novice hurdler will start to build towards bigger targets next season with success at Newbury on Saturday night.
Don Bersy has been impressive in winning his last three starts and with his form having worked out well at last week's Cheltenham Festival, he can extend the winning run in Saturday's OCSL Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at Newbury.
With the jump season increasingly becoming Cheltenham focused it has been interesting to see Don Bersy's connections take a long-term view and bypass this year's Festival and his trainer feels next season will see the four-year-old really develop into a high class hurdler.
Symonds told Sky Racing: "Don Bersy is well and we are looking forward to Saturday. I don't want to tempt fate but all being well I do see him improving year on year with natural progression in his physical and mental growth and development.
"Although he does have plenty of pace I think he will stay a 2m4f but we might try that distance next year. The owners made the early decision not to go to Cheltenham and although it was very tempting he is their horse and one has to respect their decision when everyone wants to go to Cheltenham.
"However, we did enjoy watching his form work out well. In terms of his ultimate aim I would hope he could go far and be in the upper echelons of the 2m/2m4f hurdlers. Although it is difficult for juveniles in their first season in open company I would hope his conservative campaign this season will mean he will improve next season.
"I hope Saturday works out well as I think the handicapper has given him a real chance although the fact that he will only ever do what is required on the track rather than win by miles probably helps."
As Symonds pointed out last weeks Cheltenham Festival also saw Don Bersy's recent form franked as Coeur De Lion (who he beat on his first win over hurdles at Sandown) ran a fine seventh behind Defi Du Seuil in the JCB Triumph Hurdle and Dino Velvet and Landin (who ran second and third at Warwick) finished eighth in the Fred Winter and Triumph respectively.
A faller at Warwick on his stable debut for Symonds, Don Bersy has readily put that disappointment behind him with an impressive hat-trick of victories all at around the two-mile (3200 metres) distance.
The strong travelling four-year-old has brushed up his jumping and has been particularly impressive in his last two wins at Warwick and Haydock showing a nice turn of foot. Despite being well suited by the minimum trip his racing style suggests he should improve significantly when stepping up in distance.
The OCSL Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday represents an extra two furlongs which should certainly be a major plus for Don Bersy and he can be well-fancied for a big run.
Newbury stages its final two days of the jump season beginning on Friday with the OCSL Juvenile Handicap Hurdle taking centre stage on Saturday.
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