French-bred Nickname, who recently won his fourth consecutive race at Naas by an arrogant 12 lengths, is at the moment one of the most exciting chasers in Ireland. However, he is not certain to take part in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham next month.
Trainer Martin Brassil has explained that the horse may not run in one of the biggest races at the National Hunt Festival due to the uncertainty concerning the ground. "I'll not make up my mind until three days before the race," Brassil explained. "That will be time enough for you never know what the ground will be like in the middle of March."
Brassil also said he feels privileged to train such a horse as Nickname, who has won four races in a row and five out of six starts during this season. "He's going great guns at present and I am delighted with the way everything has panned out," Brassil said.