Gavin Cromwell’s new star Flooring Porter is expected to head straight to the Stayers’ Hurdle in Cheltenham – but a run ahead has not yet been completely ruled out.
Cromwell will consider the Galmoy Hurdle in Gowran and the Boyne Hurdle in Navan if he changes his mind and decides that another race is needed before the Cheltenham Festival.
Flooring Porter is owned by a union of the same name, whose members had to fork out extra fees to find their pride and joy at the highest level during the Leopardstown Christmas Hedge on Monday.
“It was awesome – it was a gamble to complete it, but luckily it paid off, and he was very good,” Cromwell said.
“He has a really big engine, and I was delighted. Jonny (Moore) was great with him – I was a little worried he’d gone too hard, but he had saved a lot.
“The Stayers’ Hurdle is his target now. There’s a very small chance he could go for the Galmoy Hurdle or maybe the Boyne Hurdle, but I would say they’re unlikely, and we could just go straight. in Cheltenham. “
Stablemate Darver Star returned to something like his best form at Leopardstown when he was second to Franco De Port in Saturday’s Racing Post Novice Chase, having disappointed in his previous outing.
“It was a fun race and if Jonny had to start over he could do it a little differently,” Cromwell said.
“But still, I was delighted with him, really.
“It got a little windy after being disappointed before, but I think the terrain was a bigger issue. In the spring we hope it will be more at home.”