Skehan mount Mossey Joe still a doubt for Cheltenham

Skehan mount Mossey Joe still a doubt for Cheltenham

Connections of CGA Foxhunter Chase favourite Mossey Joe have not yet made a final decision on whether the veteran will line up at the Cheltenham Festival.

The 11-year-old won his last four starts in hunter chases for Declan McNamara, but has not been seen in competitive action since bolting up in the Champion Hunters’ Chase at Stratford last June.

He was snapped up by leading owner Barry Connell for £160,000 at Cheltenham’s Brightwells Sale at the end of January and is now trained by Enda Bolger.

Connell is keen to see how his new purchase works next week before committing him to a trip to Prestbury Park.

“He’s entered, but we’ll just see how he is next week,” said Connell.

“He was entered in a point-to-point last weekend, but it didn’t suit.

“We’ll make up our minds one way or the other next week.

“If the horse is working well and in good form, we’ll let him take his chance.”

Connell also revealed Damien Skehan, who has guided Mossey Joe to seven victories including point-to-points, would keep the ride at Cheltenham if the horse makes the trip.

“Damien has done well on the horse and if he runs, he will be riding him,” said Connell.

“The chap obviously knows the horse well, so there is no point changing things at this stage.”

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