Peregrine Run goes in search of a four-timer in the J Donohoe BMW Chase at Wexford, en route to a possible tilt at the Galway Plate.
Peter Fahey’s stable star has been making hay while the sun has literally being shining, given his liking for good ground.
Now a nine-year-old, his rating has shot up to 157 – which is lofty, for a horse who mostly plies his trade in the spring and summer.
A crack at the Galway Plate is in the back of Fahey’s mind, but only if Peregrine Run does not end up with top weight.
“He’s been in great form since he started winning and he’s still in good form at home,” said Fahey.
“It’s great to see the ground has remained quick for him, so he’s got a good opportunity to back it up, but Henry de Bromhead’s horse (Conrad Hastings) could be hard to beat.
“We’ve got to give him 10lb, yet we only beat him half a length as a novice.”
The County Kildare trainer is nonetheless optimistic about another fine effort on Friday.
“He’s in great form, though, so hopefully he runs another big race,” he said, before casting thoughts forward to Galway.
“If he’s not shouldering top weight in the Plate he could run.
“He’ll have an entry, and I see Paul Nicholls is talking about bringing Black Corton over – so that might help our cause.
“If he ran that would give us a better chance of running – but the ground would have to be on the quick side.
“It’s worth so much money, so the carrot has been dangling, but if he’s carrying top weight he won’t run.”
Crosshue Boy, Fenlon’s Hill, Mill Quest and Carrig Cathal complete the field at Wexford.