Cheltenham New Year's Day date for Riders Onthe Storm

Richard Hobson's resurgent Riders Onthe Storm may head to jumps HQ on New Year's Day to continue his renaissance after switching from Nigel Twiston-Davies.

Richard Hobson is hoping for a happy New Year for Riders Onthe Storm after a gallant Aintree second earlier this month.

The 20/1 shot finished runner-up to Nick Alexander's Clan Legend, which represented a return to form for a horse which hasn't won since February 2020.

Connections switched the gelding from Nigel Twiston-Davies' stable to the yard of Richard Hobson earlier this year, with his Aintree effort his first for his new trainer.

Despite carrying top-weight, Riders Onthe Storm looked the winner for much of the contest only for his welter burden to tell close home and he ended up being claimed by Clan Legend.

"It was probably a drop in class with his ability but, after a whole season in the darkness and not performing, it's just nice to see him back to his enthusiastic self," said Hobson.

"It was very windy. Nick (Scholfield) said the crosswind hit him and made him jump a little bit right but he still jumped very well."

"We felt that he was good enough to win on the day but that there's still a little bit of improvement in him and that suggests he'll come on for the run.

"He might go to Cheltenham on New Year's Day for a handicap chase there over two miles and four (furlongs).

"He's extremely well, he's ready to go again really but we want to make sure his runs are nicely spaced out."

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