Punjabi, who was an impressive winner at Kempton on Saturday, has been confirmed by trainer Nicky Henderson as an intended runner in the JCB Triumph Hurdle.
Owned by Raymond Tooth, Punjabi took the Racing Post Adonis Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle by 19 lengths after a clever piece of Mick Fitzgerald riding at the start saw him steal a huge lead.
In moving to two wins from two runs over hurdles, Punjabi, who used to be trained by Geraldine Rees on the Flat, is 12-1 with William Hill and Ladbrokes for the four-year-old crown.
“He definitely goes for the Triumph, unless anything happens with him between now and then of course,” said Henderson.
“After Saturday, I had said we would have a big summit meeting with the owner about the Triumph but in reality it was an easy decision.
“You have to say he is professional, he’s got speed and I think he will be better going the other way round.”
Henderson was also delighted with another of his stable stars, Juveigneur, who will attempt to improve on his second in last year’s William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase after a bloodless victory over hurdles at Plumpton on Monday.
“He has come back absolutely fine and flashing his tail,” said Henderson.
“I didn’t have to run him before the William Hill, I just wanted him to have a play, and that’s exactly what he had.”
The Lambourn trainer confirmed all was well with his Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices´ Hurdle favourite Amaretto Rose, who has impressed in her two starts over timber so far.
“She has done nothing wrong so far and was out again this morning with Mick Fitzgerald – we gave her a quick spin with Jack The Giant,” he said.