Tom Lacey is tempted to keep his unbeaten hurdler Tea Clipper to handicaps before going up in class.
Lacey resisted the temptation to run the four-year-old in the Challow Hurdle won by Thyme Hill last weekend, and is currently weighing up his options.
Former point-to-pointer Tea Clipper began his career under rules with novice successes at Warwick and Kempton this season, before digging deep to prevail again over two miles on handicap debut at Huntingdon.
Lacey hopes there is a good prize in him at that level this season.
He said: “Tea Clipper is in great order.
“We very nearly chucked him in the Challow – but then the race filled up with good horses, so we decided to give it a miss.
“I still think there is another nice handicap him, but he could potentially be a horse for Aintree at the end of the season – although he still has a way to go yet.
“As he goes up in class, I imagine we will also step him up in trip.”