Trainer Robert Widger says the eight-year-old, who has won five of his last six races, won’t be competing at Cheltenham next month and has options at Navan and Punchestown.
‘We’ve made the decision not to go to Cheltenham and we’ll go to Navan instead for a novice handicap chase and then hopefully for another one at Punchestown,’ said Widger.
‘His chase mark is lower, but it’s more because he had trouble with a knee a few years ago.
Because he’s in such good nick now, I want to look after him.
‘Cheltenham is brilliant, but there’s great prize money in Ireland.
You can go to Cheltenham, just get beat and finish sixth.
‘The Navan race is worth 65,000 euros and there’s a novice handicap chase at Punchestown worth 105,000 euros, which is on a par, if not better than some races at Cheltenham.’
Contingencies to re-stage if Cheltenham were postponed ‘for any reason’.
Doncaster and Newbury options for Towton faller.
Trainer took a batch of 13 horses to work on Tuesday morning.