Pique Sous will run in the Rathbarry and Glenview Studs Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse on 1 April - if the ground is suitable.

Willie Mullins' grey, third to Champagne Fever in the Champion Bumper last year, was much further behind that rival in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle last week when sixth on rain-softened ground.

If the weather prevents him from running there he will be aimed at Punchestown with the major Flat festivals a possibility later in the summer.

"He's come out of the race really well but he just lacked the experience for a race like that, which we thought might be the case," said Steve Massey, representing the owners, Supreme Horse Racing.

"The main thing, though, was the ground, he'll never run on ground like that again, it must be good.

"There's a Grade Two novice hurdle at Fairyhouse and if the ground is nice he'll run there and if not he'll go to Punchestown but he's very ground dependant.

"Fingers crossed we get better ground this spring than last year when Punchestown was run in a bog.

"Now he's had a long break Willie is keen to run him on the Flat - he showed at Dundalk he's got the pace.

"Two miles or two-mile-four would be no problem and were he to run at Ascot that would be a nice day out."