Triumph Hurdle preferred by Joseph O'Brien for Landofhopeandglory

Mon 27 Feb 2017

Joseph O'Brien expects Landofhopeandglory to go for gold in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at next month's Cheltenham Festival.

The four-year-old also has entries in the Fred Winter, the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and the Neptune.

However, after finishing third behind Dinaria Des Obeaux in a Grade Three event at Fairyhouse on Saturday, O'Brien believes the Triumph on March 17 is the most likely option.

He said: "Landofhopeandglory ran well as he hadn't run for two months and it was heavy ground. I was happy with him. More than likely he will go for the Triumph rather than the Fred Winter. He seems OK and hopefully he will be OK during the week."

O'Brien is also mulling a run in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper for West Coast Time, who was beaten by Carter McKay at Naas earlier this month.

He added: "West Coast Time is a possible for the Bumper at Cheltenham, but he wouldn't want the ground too quick. He won well in soft ground at Cork."

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