Exciting chaser Flemenstar is set to return to training next week as trainer Peter Casey plots a route towards the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The seven-year-old enjoyed a fantastic novice campaign over fences, building on a promising debut second to Bog Warrior at Navan with five consecutive victories, including two at Grade One level.
He rounded off his campaign in style in the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse and although plans for the autumn are fluid, Casey is eyeing the blue riband event at Prestbury Park as his major target.
"He's going to come back into training next week, but the owner has been doing a bit of work with him at home and tells me he's in great form," said Casey.
"We don't know where we're going to start him off yet. There is a Flat race in Navan and a chase in Navan, there are races at Punchestown and in the north (Down Royal) as well, so we have options for him.
"After that we'll probably take him to England for something, bring home again and then go back for the big one.
"We hope he's a Gold Cup horse, but we'll see how we get on with him."
Although Flemenstar was the subject of plenty of interest last season, Casey is confident his stable star will not be sold.
"I don't think the owner would sell him now. He had offers last season and didn't take them, so hopefully he'll be staying with us," said Casey.