Fingal Bay, one of the most impressive novice hurdlers this season, will run in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
His trainer Phillip Hobbs confirmed that the unbeaten six year old will tackle the shorter trip in the Neptune, rather than the longer trip in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.
Speaking to Attheraces Hobbs said “It has to be the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle. I am sure he will go three [miles] but we don’t know that for certain. As far as the ground is concerned anything on the softer side of good will be fine. I feel that softer ground plays to his strength more but I don’t think it matters.
“There was not really a race after the Challow but we did not really want to run him again. He has had a short break and he will go straight to Cheltenham.”