Ben Pauling says Barters Hill is unlikely to compete at the Cheltenham Festival but remains upbeat on a future return to form.
Barters Hill made a return from a 15-month absence at Newbury in a three-mile handicap hurdle at the weekend but came in last of those that finished the race.
The trainer feels a drop in trip may benefit his charge in his next race and confirmed Cheltenham is no longer on the agenda, despite the fact Barters Hill holds an entry in the Stayers' Hurdle.
"He's absolutely fine. I'm really pleased with the way he is this morning. He's a bit tired. It looks like he's had a race but he's safe and sound. That was our main concern," said Pauling, as reported by Sporting Life.
"We will give him an easy week to see where we are and possibly look at maybe something over a slightly shorter trip, but probably nothing as grand as Cheltenham, I wouldn't think. I don't think he needs to be going there, personally.
"All being well we'll give him another run and see where we are with him.
"If fully fit he doesn't show what he used to we'll look after him but at the same time he seems to have taken it quite well and has just got a bit tired."
Article Posted on Sunday 11th February 2018 @ 16.04
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