The Greystoke trainer Nicky Richards is preparing Simply Ned for a second attempt at the Betway Queen Monther Champion Chase at Cheltenham.

The horse picked up just under £10,000 for coming fifth behind Dodging Bullets in the 2015 renewal and is very consistent at picking up decent prize money in major races that are around two miles long.

In the Grade One Paddy Power Cashcard Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas Simply Ned finished third to Douvan and will be facing the Willie Mullins’ superstar once again.

This weekend Richards said, “He’s in grand fettle. He’s had a good old break after Leopardstown and hopefully we’re bringing him back fresh ready to have a go at the big boy (Douvan). It’s great prize money down to fourth and fifth. The old horse owes us nothing.”

There would have to be plenty of cut in the ground for Richards to enter Baywing in the J P McNamara National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase over four miles. Baywing caused a 33/1 upset when he won the Grade Two Towton Chase at Wetherby in December.

“He’s very ground dependent. If it comes up real soft, heavy, he’ll be there. If not, he won’t go. It’s as simple as that. He’s in the four-miler and I’d say he’ll stay the trip very well. He’s in grand fettle. I’m just bringing him to the boil now. He’s in good order,” said Richards.

Richards went on to say that if he doesn’t run there he will take part in Uttoxeter for a £30,000 novice handicap chase the weekend after Cheltenham.

Richards has not yet decided whether to enter Better Getalong in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper. He has won his last two bumpers and seems to be a horse with a future.