Stuart Edmunds plans to test Now McGinty’s credentials in next month’s Sodexo Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase at Ascot.
The Newport Pagnell trainer will step the eight-year-old up in class for a shot at the Grade Two prize, after he opened his account over fences last time out at Chepstow.
Edmunds said: “He has come out of his race at Chepstow really well and will probably go to the Reynoldstown – that’s the plan.
“The Reynoldstown just fits in well, because it is a month after his previous run, then four weeks until the Cheltenham Festival. There are a few other lesser options around that time if the weather curtails that plan.”
He added: “He will have entries in the four-miler, RSA, Ultima and the Kim Muir. The softer the ground, the greater we can look. If it came up really soft he might be good enough for the RSA.”
Edmunds’ dual Listed winner Queenohearts will attempt to land the biggest victory of her career when tackling the Grade Two Weatherbys TBA Jane Seymour Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Sandown on February 15.
Edmunds said: “She has been great since Haydock and is just very easy to train.
“It looked like hard work the other day, but the saddle slipped and poor Ciaran (Gethings) was hanging off and did well over the second-last and last.
“She is a big, strong galloper – and two and a half miles at Sandown will play to her strengths, because stamina is her forte.”
Edmunds hopes a recent wind operation can continue to have the desired effect on Molly Childers, who will bid to gain some black type in the Listed Exeter Racecourse Mares’ Chase at Exeter on February 11.
He said: “Since she has had her wind op, she has run two great races at Kempton over Christmas.
“It was nice to get her head in front again, and it will do her confidence the world of good now she is able to breathe properly. She will go for a mares’ Listed chase at Exeter now, because I’d like to get a bit of black type into her.
“She might have an entry in the Kim Muir, and she could be an amateur’s ride. She is tough and will stay and might just sneak into it. She won’t want the ground too soft.”