masterminded.jpgPaul Nicholls could run Kauto Star and brilliant Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Master Minded at Aintree next week.

The latter may line up in the John Smith’s Melling Chase on Friday, while Kauto Star will be entered in both that race and Thursday’s totesport Bowl.

Master Minded was under consideration for the Kerrygold Champion Chase at Punchestown next month but Nicholls told the Racing Post: “The drawback with Punchestown is that the ground can turn a bit quick by then and as he’s so well, we’d be silly not to look at the Melling.

“Kauto Star will be entered in both the Melling Chase and the totesport Bowl on Thursday.

“But I’ll have to be satisfied with the ground and both horses’ wellbeing before we give them the go-ahead.”