Nicky Henderson fully intends to run Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Long Run at Aintree next week - provided ground conditions are in his favour.
The six-year-old produced a superb performance to get the better of old warriors Denman and Kauto Star at Prestbury Park, and connections are keen to see him sign off his campaign in the totesport Bowl on Thursday week.
But Henderson will not risk his charge if he feels conditions are unsuitably fast and he has also confirmed if he does not go to Aintree, he will be heading back to Robert Waley-Cohen's stud for his summer break.
‘The only thing I can say is that if you see him, it will be at Aintree,’ Henderson told At The Races.
‘Immediately after the Gold Cup, there was a mention of going to France, but he's definitely not going to do that. It is either Aintree or bed.
‘The horse is in the process of being prepared for Aintree, but obviously we'll keep a very close eye on the weather.
‘He's going through the motions as he normally would before a race. He'll have a schooling session with Yogi (Breisner) at the beginning of next week.
‘I would not run him on fast ground - he wouldn't run if it was good to firm. It would have to be good or softer.
‘Courses are very good at watering now and we'll have to see, but I like to see natural irrigation rather than watering. I think it makes a big difference sometimes.
‘I can't promise he'll be at Aintree, but it is probable.’