Olly Murphy has confirmed Brewin’upastorm will contest the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival rather than drop back in trip for the Supreme.
The six-year-old, who fell at the last when still in contention in a Grade Two at the track last month, warmed up for his outing in the two-mile-five-furlong prize with a gallop after Friday’s racing at Warwick.
Working alongside Supreme-bound stablemates Thomas Darby and Itchy Feet, as well as Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate hope Knockgraffon, the quartet covered about two miles before crossing the line in two pairs.
Murphy said: “We’re only 15 minutes down the road, so it makes sense to give them a leg stretch out on the grass here and they all did it nicely.
“Brewin’upastorm has seemed absolutely fine since his fall at Cheltenham and schooled well since, including when Richard Johnson sat on him yesterday morning.
“I wouldn’t be worried about his jumping next month and he’s going to run in the Ballymore.
“Thomas Darby and Itchy Feet will go straight for the Supreme and Knockgraffon will go for the Brown Advisory.
“Itchy Feet’s form is rock-solid and it looks as though he’s been backed at big prices. I don’t see any reason why he won’t run well and he certainly won’t disgrace himself.
“Thomas Darby seems in really good form and a fast-run race will suit him. Dry weather would suit me as all four runners are suited by a sound surface.
“It was important to come here and knock the edge off them, without doing too much, and the lads seemed very happy with them.”
Kelly Morgan’s Red Indian was also in action alongside last year’s St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase runner-up Top Wood.
She said: “Red Indian goes for the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase and it was unfortunate last time when he unseated at Kelso.
“He’s schooled very well since, worked well today and goes there with an each-way chance. I think in 0-145 company, hopefully he should run a nice race.
“Top Wood will go straight to Cheltenham. It was gutting when he was just denied last year, but he seems in tremendous form this season and we’ve just been unfortunate that we’ve not had the right ground for him.
“It’s a slight risk going there fresh, but he does run well off a break.”