Martin waits with Warrior

Tony Martin is no hurry to commit Bog Warrior to Cheltenham following his all-the-way win at Naas on Saturday.

The County Meath trainer reported the eight-year-old, owned by Gigginstown House Stud, to be a little stiff and sore after his 11-length success over Slieveardagh in the Opera Hat Chase.

Bog Warrior, who holds entries in the Arkle Trophy, RSA and Jewson Novices’ Chases at next month’s Festival, was bouncing back after a fall at Leopardstown over Christmas.

“He knows he’s had a race. He’s a bit stiff and sore but hopefully he’ll be all right in a week or so,” said Martin.

“He pulled out a little stiff, but he should be grand in a few days.

“I’ve no thoughts about Cheltenham yet. We’ll see how he is in a week or so and let him get over Saturday’s race before we think about that.”

Colm Murphy meanwhile faces a race against time to get Quito De La Roque ready for Cheltenham after the Grade One winner scoped badly last week.

With the Festival just a month away, the eight-year-old is being treated for the problem that forced him to miss the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown.

Until he recovers, plans for the JNwine.com Champion Chase winner remain up in the air.

“He’s on a course of antibiotics, so hopefully we’ll have him back soon,” said the County Wexford trainer.

“I don’t know about Cheltenham. It’s too early to say.”

Quito De La Roque holds an entry in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup for which he is a 25-1 chance.

Meanwhile, Murphy reports his stable stalwart Big Zeb to be on course for a fourth crack at the Queen Mother Champion Chase which he won two years ago.

“He’s great. I’m very happy with him so it’s all systems go for Cheltenham for him,” the trainer added.

Big Zeb was runner-up in last week’s Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown behind Sizing Europe, who beat him in the Champion Chase last March.

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