Colin Tizzard has yet to decide whether to give Joe Lively another run before taking on Denman and Kauto Star in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 13.
The 10-year-old put up a career-best performance to win the Letheby & Christopher Chase at Prestbury Park on Saturday for trainer Colin Tizzard and his jockey son, Joe.
“Yesterday was what dreams are made of. There’s something about him. He had every right to go back to a walk after his mistake at the second last, but he stayed on great at the end,” said the Sherborne trainer.
“He’s 100%, I’ve been in the stable to see him this morning and he’s fine. He never turned a hair, he ate up and he’s come back without a scratch on him, so it’s lovely.
“I don’t know what we’re going to do now and we are going to think about it for a week.
“The trouble is the handicapper will have his say on that race. He won off 153 so I don’t know what he’s going to do, but it could put us out of handicaps.
“He wouldn’t be a 100-1 shot for the Gold Cup on heavy ground, he was that price on Saturday morning. To be fair he keeps surprising us, there’s no two ways about it.
“That was the best race of his life and we have been to the well with him a few times. He keeps on coming up with the goods. He must have an exceptional constitution.
“It’s about seven weeks to the Gold Cup and that’s a long time. I wouldn’t like to have missed something and then it was good fast ground for the Gold Cup and he finished eighth or ninth. I’m not going to say we won’t run him again. We’ll think about it for a week.
“He’s also going to have an entry in the Grand National. I ruined his mark when he was on 143 and now I’ve ruined it again yesterday.”
Joe Lively is generally available at 33-1 for the Gold Cup and around 20s for the John Smith’s Grand National.