Paul Nolan is in no rush to make future plans for Discorama and Fitzhenry following their contrasting efforts in the Troytown Chase.
Having gone close to claiming Cheltenham Festival glory in last season’s National Hunt Chase, and subsequently chased home Delta Work at Punchestown, Discorama made an encouraging start to the new campaign when runner-up at Wexford in October.
Despite being allotted top-weight, the six-year-old was well-fancied for last Sunday’s prestigious handicap at Navan, but was ultimately well-beaten in eighth place.
“I suppose you’d have to be a bit disappointed with Discorama. He made one or two mistakes and got too tight at a crucial stage – when you’re carrying that sort of weight in those big handicaps, you need everything to go right,” said Nolan.
“What I was happy with was the way he finished – he was closing them down at the line, which was good to see.
“He was carrying a big weight, in soft ground, on a stiff track, so we’ll give him a week off now and make a plan for him after that.”
The Troytown was not a total loss for the Enniscorthy-based trainer, with his apparent second string Fitzhenry running a fine race to get closest to the impressive winner Chris’s Dream.
Nolan added: “The winner looked the class horse on the day and we were well beaten by him in the end, but we’d have been a good winner without him.
“I’ll have a chat to Frank (Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus) and see what he wants to do, but I’d imagine he’ll be entered in all those staying handicap chases and we’ll see where we go.
“Ground doesn’t seem to make a lot of difference to him. He was third in the Paddy Power Chase in Leopardstown last year on good ground and ran well on soft ground the other day – and I’d say he wouldn’t mind it even softer.”