A decision regarding The Shunter's Cheltenham Festival target will be left to the last minute, connections have said.
Emmet Mullins’ runner is in line for a £100,000 bonus if he can win a race at the meeting, which begins on March 16.
Eligible for the large pot after taking the Morebattle Hurdle on March 6, The Shunter already has a Prestbury Park triumph on his record this season.
He came in front in the Unibet Greatwood Hurdle last November – and now Mullins has to decide which race out of five he will contest.
He is entered in the Coral Cup, Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase, Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase, McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle and the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.
“Everything we ask The Shunter to do he keeps coming up trumps,” County Carlow trainer Mullins said.
“He has just been a revelation. He has improved far and beyond what we expected. I really can’t put my finger on what it is.
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“The Morebattle is a great race to win in its own right, but the bonus on offer to him is great – and hopefully we can give it a bit of a rattle.
“He has got the five entries, but I couldn’t tell you what discipline he is going to run in, let alone which race.
“We will wait as long as we can before deciding and keep a close check on the forecast. I could have a favoured race for him today, then it flip tomorrow.
“There will be a few deciding factors, and we will bounce ideas off a few people then make a decision.”
Mullins added that it is "70/30" against Cape Gentleman making the trip to Cheltenham, for either the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle and Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.
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