Peter Casey remains confident Flemenstar can develop into a serious Cheltenham Gold Cup candidate despite a scintillating victory over the minimum trip on his seasonal reappearance at Navan.
Making his first start since winning the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse at the end of a brilliant novice campaign, the seven-year-old turned in an exhibition round of jumping to deny top two-miler Big Zeb a fourth successive win in the Fortria Chase.
Flemenstar has yet to be tested beyond two and a half miles and given his raw speed, it is hardly surprising some believe he could make his presence felt in either the Queen Mother Champion Chase or the Ryanair Chase at the Festival in March. Casey, however, only has eyes for the extended three-and-a-quarter-mile blue riband.
The trainer said: "Everything is grand this morning and we're very happy with him.
"He couldn't have done any more than he did yesterday. I see some people are still doubting him and whether he'll get three miles, but I don't think he'll have any trouble with the trip. He's a lovely, big horse and he idles a bit in front."
Casey confirmed he would step back up to two and a half miles for the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase on December 9, before testing the water over three miles in Leopardstown's Lexus Chase over Christmas.
"Anything can happen, obviously, but the plan is to go to Punchestown next and then on to Leopardstown for the Lexus," said the trainer.
"People are talking about the Champion Chase and the Ryanair and I suppose we could look that way if for some reason he doesn't get three miles at Christmas, but that is not the plan at the moment. I'm confident he'll get the trip."
Andrew Lynch has been ever-present in the saddle during Flemenstar's career over fences and he too is hopeful the hugely-promising gelding will stay at least three miles.
Lynch said: "He was very good for his first run. We knew going into the race that whatever he did he would improve, so hopefully that is the case. He jumped well and travelled well and did it easily. You'd like to think he'll get three miles. He certainly gives you that impression when you ride him and he has won a point-to-point. Whether he'd get three and a quarter miles up that Cheltenham hill is a different matter. Only time will tell."
26 November 2015David Bridgwater raring to go in Hennessy with The Giant Bolster
Native River leaves owner 'speechless' with Newbury triumph
Sean Bowen stood down after Taunton fall
Marco Botti duo seeking Wolverhampton riches
Sternrubin leads Newbury rivals a merry dance
Ubak out to defy long absence in Newbury highlight
Winning start over fences for Shaneshill at Thurles
Native River makes a big splash in Newbury Grade Two
Tom Marquand nominated for BBC award
Modus 'getting there' in maintaining unbeaten record over hurdles at Newbury
Winning start over fences for Shaneshill at Thurles
Stuart Edmunds issues Chepstow warning for Wolf Of Windlesham
Gunnery Sergeant sights set on Royal Bond outing
Just Cameron pleases Micky Hammond in Wetherby spin
Irving and Top Notch set for Newcastle rematch
Saphir Du Rheu tops 17 runners in Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury
Charlie Longsdon's Pendra could enter Grand National equation
Fire Fighting too good in Wild Flower Stakes at Kempton
Brave Hero makes an impression on Lingfield debut
Charlie Longsdon takes aim at Long Walk Hurdle with Kilcooley
John Constable in the frame for Gerry Feilden honours
Un Temps Pour Tout out to star in hot novice chase at Newbury
O'Faolains Boy will bid to go the Distance at Newbury
Annacotty leads entries for Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham
Colin Bowe 'tempted' by Drinmore run for Shantou Flyer
David Dennis plotting Doctor Phoenix campaign following Haydock verdict
25 November 2015Run Ructions Run makes winning chase debut for Tim Easterby at Wetherby
Goonyella set to bid for Becher compensation at Aintree
Alan King planning hurdles switch with The Unit
Down Royal return possible for Foxhunter hero On The Fringe
Mondialiste aimed at Hong Kong Mile by David O'Meara
Gilgamboa set for John Durkan return at Punchestown
Dan and Harry Skelton hit Lingfield double
Emma Lavelle sets sights on chase campaign for Closing Ceremony
Willie Mullins dominates Royal Bond entries at Fairyhouse
Neil Mulholland thrilled with Fox Norton Cheltenham effort
Emma Lavelle outlines Ascot aim for Junction Fourteen
Arctic Fire in perfect Hatton's Grace 10
Jonjo O'Neill eyeing low-key target for Minella Rocco
Hennessy robbed of star turn as Coneygree misses race
Jonjo O'Neill set to ease Holywell in grade
24 November 2015Further funding secured for Great British Racing International
No More Heroes heads Drinmore contenders at Fairyhouse
Coneygree forced out of Hennessy after schooling session
Evan Williams pinpoints two options for "frustrating" Buywise
Potters Legend to be sent hurdling by Lucy Wadham
Harry Fry excited by prospect of seeing Bitofapuzzle over fences
Nicky Henderson in no rush to decide on Bobs Worth pilot in Hennessy
David Pipe confirms Moon Racer setback
Medicean Man back in business at Chelmsford
Delight for David Dennis as King's Song hits right note at Ludlow
Former jockey Darren Egan disqualified following corruption hearing
International mission at Cheltenham for Peace And Co and My Tent Or Yours
Vroum Vroum Mag stars in Carlisle weekend entry
Morello Royale denies Polly in Kempton Listed affair
Vaniteux makes victorious start to chasing career at Kempton
Coneygree stands firm at top of Hennessy field
Wicklow Brave and Identity Thief added to Fighting Fifth field
23 November 2015Victoria Pendleton closes in on point-to-point ride this weekend
Brain powers to Kempton victory for Nicky Henderson
Cheltenham and Navan options for Robbie Hennessy's Rubi Light
Alvarado on Grand National trail again
Rebecca Curtis eyeing King George option for Irish Cavalier
Barry Connell confirms hurdles plan for Cheltenham winner Martello Tower
Willie Mullins expecting 'cracking' King George with Vautour
Monksland in Drinmore picture after Gowran win
Well-connected Augusta Kate scores for Alan Shearer and company
Troytown glory for Riverside City and Jack Kennedy
Douvan delivers on chasing debut at Navan
Falcon Crest impresses in Monksfield victory
Woodland Opera books big-race ticket with Navan success
Coneygree back on Hennessy trail after delighting in Sunday gallop
Ptit Zig connections mull Vautour King George rematch