Enda Bolger is keeping his fingers crossed Drawn N Drank gets into the final field for the John Oaksey National Hunt Chase at next month's Cheltenham Festival.
Although the seven-year-old has some experience of competing over larger obstacles having run in point-to-points, hunter chases and a cross-country race, Drawn N Drank has been kept to hurdles this season.
It has proved a profitable campaign so far as the chestnut has won two of his last three races and was a good second on his latest appearance at Thurles a month ago.
Bolger feels the four-mile trip of the National Hunt Chase will be right up his charge's street, but should he not get a run, he could switch to either the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase or stick over hurdles for the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham.
"He's in good form and his first choice is the four-miler if he gets in," said the trainer.
"He's also in a hurdle race and I don't know what sort of handicap mark he'd get in the cross-country, but the National Hunt Chase is his number one aim.
"He's done well over hurdles this season. He's won two of his last three and was giving a lot of weight away to the winner when he was second the last day.
"He has experience of running in hunter chases and point-to-points.
"He's in good shape, will like better ground and four miles shouldn't be a problem to him, it's just a question of whether he's good enough."
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