If Vinndication heads to the Cheltenham Festival it will be for the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase rather than the shorter JLT.
Kim Bailey’s charge lost his unbeaten record in the Grade One Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown on Saturday when he was beaten a little over three lengths into third by Defi Du Seuill and Lostintranslation.
Without committing completely to the big meeting next month, Bailey did at least confirm there was now only one option for the six-year-old.
“After yesterday, if we go to Cheltenham, it will be the three-mile race and not the JLT,” Bailey said on Racing TV’s Luck On Sunday.
“He is an out-and-out stayer, we’ve always known that but I hoped he had enough speed to stay at the shorter trip (for now).
“Yesterday was a big learning curve for all of us and he’ll have learned physically and mentally from it, he’ll have come out of it more of a man.”