Fingal Bay is poised to head for Chepstow
Minehead trainer Philip Hobbs has confirmed Fingal Bay is likely to begin his career over fences at Chepstow on Saturday.
The six-year-old was one of the most exciting novice hurdlers in training last season, completing a four-timer in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury in December.
A setback forced him to miss the Cheltenham Festival and he was beaten by Lovcen on his final start at Aintree’s Grand National meeting, but he remains a top prospect for jumping fences.
“That would be the plan at the moment (to run),” said Hobbs.
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“All has gone well since he’s come back in. He’s working well and schooling well.
“He definitely wants the ground on the softer side. They are calling it good to soft, soft in places at Chepstow and that will be fine.
“I wouldn’t think he’d want any less than two and a half miles. He might want three miles in time but Saturday’s race is a good place to start.”
Fingal Bay is one of 21 entries for the Blue Square Bet Robert Mottram Memorial Novices’ Chase, a race won by the top-class Cue Card 12 months ago.
His potential rivals include Module, Super Duty and Poungach.
John Murphy will decide midweek whether to let impressive maiden winner High Octane take his chance in what looks set to be a fascinating renewal of the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
High Octane certainly looked the part when making a winning start to his career at Gowran Park a month ago and Murphy wants to give his Motivator colt one more run before the end of his juvenile year.The trainer said: “He’s in good form and we’re just waiting to see what the ground is going to be like.”