Nicky Richards has his fingers crossed that his popular veteran Simply Ned will make it to the Cheltenham Festival.

Having won his second Grade One in Ireland when beating Footpad at Christmas, the 12-year-old was all primed for the Dublin Racing Festival.

Unfortunately he knocked himself in his box the night before the race and was unable to run and is only recently back in exercise.

"He's back cantering now and I'm hoping he'll make Cheltenham," said Richards.

"We won't need any setbacks along the way, we'll need everything to go right between now and then, but if it does then I think we'll get him there.

"I'm fairly confident he'll make it, so hopefully we don't have any problems."