Superb Story is set to head straight to the Cheltenham Festival following his comeback victory at Musselburgh on New Year’s Day.
The six-year-old was raced sparingly last season, filling the runner-up spot in the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham in November before running out an impressive winner of the County Hurdle at Prestbury Park in March.
He was pulled up when considered a leading contender for the Galway Hurdle during the summer, but showed his true colours in Scotland and given he seems at his best when fresh, trainer Dan Skelton is keen to save his charge for the showpiece meeting in the spring, with the Champion Hurdle a potential target.
Skelton said: “We were really happy with him on Sunday. Galway was a bit of a disaster. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong that day, so it was nice to see him bounce back.
“I think we’ll probably go straight to Cheltenham now and we’ll give him entries in the County Hurdle and the Champion Hurdle.
“The Champion Hurdle would obviously be a big step up, but we’ll see how the picture is looking nearer the time.”
Superb Story was one of two winners on the afternoon for Skelton, with The Bay Oak landing cramped odds.
It was a welcome change of luck for the team after the highly-regarded Robin Roe suffered a season-ending injury when falling three from the finish in Saturday’s Challow Hurdle at Newbury.
“That’s the ups and downs of racing, isn’t it?” said Skelton.
“There was a long way to go when he came down, but he was cantering at the time.”