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. ALAN KING'S exciting young prospect Lidar is to have his final run in a bumper at Cheltenham tomorrow before embarking on a hurdling career.

The highly-regarded four-year-old will make his seasonal reappearance in the Griffins Richard Davis Awards Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race that concludes the three-day Open meeting.

Lidar showed immense promise last spring, winning easily at Doncaster before finishing an unlucky second to Sitting Tennant in a Grade Two bumper at Aintree's Grand National meeting.

He is already prominent in the ante-post market for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival at a top-priced 20-1. "Lidar has been working well and we have loved him from day one. This will be his last run on the Flat, and we cannot wait to get him going over hurdles," said King.

. TOP class staying hurdler Fiveforthree has been ruled out for the season after failing to please his trainer Willie Mullins.

The seven-year-old grey, winner of the 2008 Ballymore Properties Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham and Punchestown's World Series Hurdle in April, has not made sufficient progress following a setback at the end of last season.

However, Mullins remains confident Fiveforthree will return to action next term when he will go novice chasing.

"We just decided not to go any further. We were hoping he would make it back for the second half of the season," said Mullins.

"Every other year he seems to come back, but he just hasn't taken his training well. There is no further damage or injury. We have just decided it would be prudent not to continue.

"He won't be in training but he will have light exercise. Hopefully he will have a full campaign next season and he will go chasing then."

Fiveforthree had been quoted the 8-1 third favourite for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 14, 2009
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