Peregrine Run is to school over Grand National-style fences in preparation for a crack at next week’s Randox Health Topham Chase at Aintree.
After a mid-season break, the good-ground performer returned with a creditable second place over hurdles behind Scarpeta at Thurles recently.
Trainer Peter Fahey confirmed the Topham has been the plan for some time, and he is hoping the ground is good.
“The plan is to go for the Topham as long as we don’t get too much rain – but so far it doesn’t look like there will be,” he said.
“His run at Thurles thrilled me, because two-mile-seven is plenty far enough for him – and he looked like he was going to win at the second last before he got a bit tired.
“He’ll school over some National fences on Friday. Barry (Geraghty) is coming to ride him – and fingers crossed he’ll be going for the Topham.
“Barry rang me when the entries came out, saying it didn’t look like JP (McManus) had anything for it and he was also free for Thurles – so it worked out grand.”
Continued dry weather will raise the County Kildare trainer’s hopes significantly.
Fahey added: “I’m really looking forward to it – the quicker the ground the better, but he seems in great form and came out of his race very well.
“He’s going there fresh and always improves a good bit for his first run back. Everything seems in place – this has been the plan for the last while, so hopefully the weather plays ball.
“It will be a great thrill if he jumps the fences well – but touch wood he’s an accurate jumper, not a huge, deliberate jumper.
“Hopefully, he’ll school well over them. You need an economical jumper, because they come thick and fast.”