PADDY Power Gold Cup winner Tranquil Sea may have one more run before returning to Cheltenham for a crack at the Ryanair Chase.
Edward O’Grady’s seven-year-old ran a blinder in defeat against Golden Silver in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase on Sunday over a trip short of his best.
He will step back up in trip at the Festival in March, a move O’Grady expects to work in his favour.
“He has come out of the race absolutely fine,” said O’Grady.
“He might have one more run before the Ryanair but I have no idea where that will be. I would like to think that stepping back up in trip at Cheltenham would suit him.”
Meanwhjile John Hanlon was happy with the performance of Luska Lad in the Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown earlier in the week.
A winner of six of his 13 races, a return trip to Leopardstown on Irish Champion Hurdle day is the next plan after he was beaten just over eight lengths into fourth behind Hollo Ladies.
“He’s come out of the race super and I couldn’t be happier with him,” said Hanlon. “He needs bottomless ground, so you would have to be happy with his run the other day.”
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