David Pipe's stable star Adagio has been given a potential starting point for this season at Cheltenham in the Greatwood Hurdle, with the Grade One winner looking to compete in more black type events throughout the season.
The highly consistent hurdler has won three of his six events to date, whilst never coming out of the top two in any of his races.
The highlight of his season last term came when landing the Grade One Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow last Christmas, off the back of that going on to to finish second at the Cheltenham festival and Aintree Grand National meeting.
His runner up runs came in the Triumph Hurdle behind the talented Quilixios and then British trained superstar Monmiral in the Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle.
Adagio could bid to provide the Pond House team with a sixth Greatwood success at Prestbury Park this season, although the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle just two weeks later is also on the agenda.
(Credit ATR) Pipe said: “He’ll have an entry at Cheltenham in the Greatwood. We’ll have a look at that and we’ll have a look the Fighting Fifth as well, probably.
“He’s done well over the summer. He’s had a wind operation and is in good form, but he won’t be out until mid-November onwards.
“Four-year-olds can find it tough in their second season (over hurdles), but we hope he’ll be the exception to the rule.
“He’s in good form at present, anyway.”