Paul Nolan is excited to see what Cheltenham Festival runner-up Latest Exhibition can achieve over fences this season.
Having won a Grade Two at Navan and a Grade One at Leopardstown last winter, the seven-year-old came close to completing his hat-trick in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Prestbury Park in March – going down by just a neck to the Willie Mullins-trained Monkfish.
With the coronavirus pandemic forcing the cancellation of the Punchestown Festival, Latest Exhibition has enjoyed a long break since Cheltenham, but is closing in on a return to action.
Nolan said: “He’s coming along well. He’s not one of those horses that carries a savage amount of condition and takes a lot of getting fit.
“You’d love to get him away somewhere to work and have a school on a bit of nice ground in the next few weeks. The ground is still a little bit too good everywhere at the moment and we’re just waiting on some rain.
“Hopefully he’ll be ready to start off in a beginners chase somewhere in early November, if not before.
“We’ll try to get him out on a bit of nice ground on a big, galloping track.
“We’re very happy with him at the moment.”