Gary Moore is very much in Limbo on whether to run his stable star Goshen one more time before he heads to the Cheltenham festival where he is the current 6/1 joint favourite for the JCB Triumph Hurdle on the Friday of the meeting.
Goshen coming from the flat this season has raced three times over timber and he is still unbeaten winning his events by a combined 68 lengths.
He needs to learn to jump slightly better and that may be the reason that Moore is thinking of running him once more before the festival, but he has one of the best engines ever seen in a jumps horse.
With five weeks to go until the Triumph Hurdle Moore will have to race Goshen fairly soon so he has enough time to be right ahead of the four year old championship at Prestbury Park.
(Credit At The Races) Moore said: "He’s in great form. I couldn’t be more pleased with him.
“I don’t know what we’ll do yet. I’m not quite sure. He might have another run beforehand – it depends on one or two things.”
As for another likeable horse from his yard Botox Has who was a winner at Cheltenham's December meeting last time out has all but been ruled out of the festival by his trainer.
The four year old had entries in both the Ballymore Novices Hurdle and and the Triumph in March but instead will be saved for the Grand National meeting at Aintree and have a prep run for that at Kempton at the end of the month.
“He’s fine,” said Moore.“
We see him as a horse for the future. I hope he’ll run in the Adonis and then he’ll go to Liverpool. That’s the plan.
“He’s not a big, robust horse. You have to look after him, because it’s not all about this year. His future is ahead of him.
“I doubt he’ll go to Cheltenham, but I wouldn’t completely rule it out.”