Amy Murphy’s stable star Kalashnikov, is set to target Warwick’s Grade Two Kingmaker Novice Chase.
Last season’s top class novice hurdler, who won the Betfair Hurdle, made a winning debut over fences at Warwick, before following up at Plumpton, but lost his unbeaten record when second to Dynamite Dollars in the Grade Two Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase at Kempton Park over Christmas.
Murphy said: “I’m almost certain Kalashnikov will go to Warwick for the Kingmaker, all being well, because the Lightning at Doncaster comes that bit too quick.
“At Kempton, he made two mistakes out of the first three fences, and he was on the back foot from there. He did very well to get back to where he finished, but take nothing away from the winner.
“It was always going to be quick enough for him at Kempton — because he wants a big, galloping track — but there wasn’t a lot of choice for him.”