Liz Doyle has decided against taking Le Vent D'Antan to Leopardstown for a gallop after racing on Sunday.
The four-year-old is strongly fancied for the Weatherbys Champion Bumper and Doyle was expected to fine tune his preparations along with a host of other stars at the weekend. However, Doyle was slightly concerned about the risk of drying ground at Leopardstown and gave him a spin earlier this week instead.
While everything is going to plan, she admits to being relieved at the prospect of rain at Cheltenham in the lead up to the meeting. Doyle had Bumper runner-up Al Ferof and winner Cheltenian in her care before they ran at Cheltenham and is feeling the pressure a bit more this year as it is now down to her.
Doyle said: "He seems very well. I'm not going to take him to Leopardstown now. I just thought the ground could get a bit quick for him so we took him for a spin on a grass gallop on Tuesday instead.
"He's bouncing, he has been perfect, but we could just do with a bit of rain before Cheltenham, which it looks like they'll get. There's just a question mark over him on good ground and I'd rather run with everything in his favour.
"Mikey Fogarty rode him in the gallop, like he always does. It was over one-mile-six with two others. He looks very healthy. In the last six months we've not had a problem, he's not taken a lame step and he's very straightforward.
"He's done a bit of travelling, he came over from France and that didn't bother him.
"I know he's only four and Cue Card is the only four-year-old to win it but plenty have run well in it.
"There's a bit more pressure this year than when Al Ferof and Cheltenian ran! We only have 30 in training so to have found three horses good enough to run in it, never mind head there with big chances, is amazing.
"He ticks all the boxes and now we're just hoping the ground isn't too fast."
10 December 2013BHA's Brickell at corruption summit
Hills has Smart purring
McCoy praise for retired Binocular
St Nick continues recovery fight
Big guns remain in Navan feature
New course key for Attaglance
Diakali team consider Relkeel run
Ruby given chase entry
Binocular bows out
Rock team plan positive tactics
Gold fails to sparkle
Star pair head International list
Regal takes Hexham test
Thyestes aim for Cootamundra
Walsh sweet on Arvika switch
Walters to present McNamara cheque
Aintree aim for Busy
Grand National aim for Your Busy
Walters to present McNamara cheque
Four-star Harley at Wolverhampton
Jacob all set for Al Ferof
Sprinter prospect exciting Kempton
Winner a Strongpoint for Crawford
Hurricane honoured in HRI awards
Ground key to Topper plans
African chasing Uttoxeter spoils
Prince set for Cheltenham Gold run
Betfair goal for Trouble
9 December 2013Drowne waits on X-ray news
Swan delighted with Changer
Wolverhampton to replace surface
Russell aims for Thursday return
Bright start for New Dawn
Twin lights up Hilly Way
Durkan stroll for Arvika
Unioniste has Lexus aim
New One heading to International
Drowne in hospital after fall
Baby in running for Warwick
Moore sets sights on Kempton
Cloud and Lantern sunk in Mile
8 December 2013Twin lights up Hilly Way
Ex-Oxx ace Mofeed lifts Cup
Kanaloa sizzles in Sprint
Dominant shocks The Fugue in Vase
Turner back in business
Faugheen in impressive strike
Flemenstar out of John Durkan
Unioniste claims Listed prize
Grugy great in Tingle Creek
V for victory for Henderson
Chance best in Becher thriller
Hinterland reigns in Henry VIII
Mullins strikes with Gitane
7 December 2013V for victory for Henderson
Twinlight out to show the Way
Wyck primed for big Aintree run
Dandino and Rock miss Vase run
Bec puzzler for Lavelle
Moore's Vino is vintage stuff
Mullins sets sights on Navan
Captain taking charge for Henderson
George plots Aintree gold rush
King out to reign in Henry VIII
Newcastle in talks over AW track
Sir champing at bit for Durkan date
Baby on board for Becher