Charlie Longsdon is keeping his fingers crossed that Vulcanite will be in good condition to challenge in the Supreme Novices Hurdle (20/1 – Winner or E/W) at the Cheltenham Festival after recovering from recent his out-of-sorts run at Newbury.
The Chipping Norton trainer later confirmed that his charge was not 100 per cent when he finished behind Montbazon (10/1 – Supreme Novices Hurdle Winner or E/W) in a disappointing performance in the build up to next month’s festival, which gets under way on March 13.
However, Longsdon has been encouraged by the recovery of Vulcanite since that outing and he is confident that he will be in peak condition over the next fortnight.
And he also revealed that Vulcanite would be pitched into the Supreme Novices Hurdle as opposed to the Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle.
“He wasn’t quite right after his run at Newbury and we’ve got all that sorted now. Fingers crossed it’s all systems go for Cheltenham,” said Longsdon.
“A few of mine were wrong at that time, so we gave them a quiet week. He wasn’t the only one.
“I’m not trying to make excuses for him, but I know he’s a better horse than that.
“He’ll probably go for the Supreme.”