Hobbs targets Cheltenham return for Rooster

Rooster Booster, winner of the 2003 Smurfit Champion Hurdle, could reappear at Cheltenham next month.

Rooster Booster, winner of the 2003 Smurfit Champion Hurdle, could reappear at Cheltenham next month.

His trainer Philip Hobbs is favouring the Paddy Power meeting as the starting point for the grey’s quest to regain the crown he lost to Hardy Eustace in March.

Rooster Booster was due to make his seasonal bow in the RHT 40th Anniversary Hurdle at Kempton last Saturday, but was forced to miss the race after failing to please connections.

“He worked last Tuesday and was a bit flat, so we decided not to run him and just give him a bit of time to come right,” Hobbs said today.

“We’ll probably look to bring him back at the Paddy Power meeting next month.”

The 10-year-old was last seen going down to his old rival Hardy Eustace at the Punchestown Festival in April and a possible target for him could be the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle on November 14.

Rooster Booster is no stranger to handicaps and put up one of the best weight-carrying performances of last season when failing by a short head to concede 17lb to Geos in the Tote Gold Trophy at Newbury in February.

Ladbrokes make Rooster Booster a 9-1 shot for the Champion Hurdle, with Hardy Eustace their favourite at 9-1.

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