Connections could consider options in Britain for Espoir D’Allen following his victory in the Fishery Lane Hurdle at Naas.
The Gavin Cromwell-trained four-year-old took advantage of the fall of Saldier at the final flight to land Grade Three honours in the colours of JP McManus
Cromwell’s charge was having his first start for 279 days, having missed the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham following a below-par effort at Leopardstown, where he lost his unbeaten record.
Cromwell said on Sunday: “He’s good and I was delighted with that.
“I don’t know what would have happened with the other horse and I don’t want to speculate. Ruby’s (Walsh) lad still looked to be travelling very well and it’s one of those ones where we’ll never know.
“I don’t know about the Hatton’s Grace. It’s a tricky year for a four-year-old and I definitely don’t want to overface him.
“That was a good run and he’s definitely worth minding. I’ll chat to Frank (Berry, racing manager) and JP and it’s up to them at the end of the day.
“There are probably a few more options in England for him.”