Billy skips Tolworth

  • Last Updated: December 30 2012, 15:16 GMT

Puffin Billy's run at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day is likely to decide which race will be his target at the big March meeting.

Puffin Billy: Cheltenham aim
Puffin Billy: Cheltenham aim

Trainer Oliver Sherwood is to run his exciting recruit in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle on January 28.

The Upper Lambourn handler is hoping that race will provide him with the answer of whether to go for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle over an extended two miles or the Neptune over a further five furlongs.

Puffin Billy is currently a top-priced 10/1 for the Supreme and 12s for the Neptune after winning his two starts over hurdles in tremendous style.

"He's grand. I was half thinking of going for the Tolworth next Saturday, but I'm not going to," Sherwood told At The Races.

"I'm going to keep my guns dry and go to Cheltenham on Trials Day for the two and a half mile novice hurdle.

"Then we'll decide whether he's going to go for the two mile or the two and a half mile novice at the Festival."

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