Longsdon eyes Cheltenham Quality
Charlie Longsdon is considering targets at the Cheltenham Festival for Superior Quality and Tidal Way after their runs at Musselburgh on Sunday.
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The former was having his first start since winning a Warwick maiden hurdle in early December on debut for the Oxfordshire handler and held on by half a length from Lord Wishes in the Albert Bartlett Scottish Trial.
Longsdon is now considering a tilt at the race of the same name at next month's big meeting, telling his website www.charlielongsdonracing.com: "Superior Quality was mightily impressive in his win. He travelled very easily throughout the race and Noel (Fehily) said he almost got to the front too easily.
"To be honest, I did not think he would win, but knew he had a good each-way chance, so now we have to think seriously about where we go with him and Cheltenham will definitely be discussed."
"We've always liked the horse. He's only had two runs over hurdles so we can't go down the handicap route yet and I don't really want to give him three runs in the space of six weeks," Longsdon said.
"We'll look at the Albert Bartlett with him and depending on how that goes, we could then head for a handicap at Aintree. He's a very lightly raced eight-year-old and he's improving. He travels very well in his races and I think both the tracks at Aintree and Cheltenham would suit him.
"We'll see how good he is in the Albert Bartlett and go from there."
Longsdon was out of luck with his other runners on the card with Constant Contact finishing second in the John Smith's Scottish County Hurdle and Tidal Way fourth in the John Smith's Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial but the latter could still be in line for a trip to Cheltenham.
"Tidal Way also ran very well. He could not win at the weights, but Noel thought he possibly ran his best race to date, giving 8lbs to the second and third.We will look towards the Fred Winter with him and see if he gets in off 120. The Fred Winter was always the plan and the Triumph is just there as a back up really," added Longsdon.